Item #1838 [AFRICANA IN SOVIET MUSIC] Maraba. Nergitianskii tanets (Charl’ston) [i.e. Maraba. Negro Dance (Charleston)]. M. Unanov.

[AFRICANA IN SOVIET MUSIC] Maraba. Nergitianskii tanets (Charl’ston) [i.e. Maraba. Negro Dance (Charleston)]

[Tbilisi]: Lit. Gruzpoligr. Tr. V.S.N.Kh. [1930s]. Item #1838

[4] pp.: musical score. 33,5x25 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Very good. Tears of edges and spine with small blank fragments lost.

One of 1000 copies produced.
This cover features an interesting letterpress design of several drawn typefaces.
The brochure credits artists Kandelaki and Mdivani. Most likely, one of them is Andro Kandelaki (1916-?). In 1934 he graduated from the Tbilisi Polytechnic of Railways but studied art in a private studio. Kandelaki lived and worked in Tbilisi. Since 1935, he drew political and everyday caricatures for the Georgian magazines “Niangi” and “Dila” and a newspaper “Zaria Vostoka”.
Since the early years, the USSR positioned itself as the state with a friendly attitude towards Black working people in contrast to the entire bourgeois world. Images of African and African-American characters were used in book cover designs throughout the Soviet period. However, sheet music designs featuring Black people is not a common case. More frequently, they turned up in designs by artist Gol’shein, but also Frolov and Rogachev for music scores of jazz compositions and African music.
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