Meaning of race music

race' mu"sic

Pronunciation: [key]
— Older Use. Older Use.
  1. blues-based music or jazz by and for American blacks in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was regarded as a distinctive, separate market by the music industry; early jazz or rhythm-and-blues.
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