Definition of race music in English:

race music

noun

dated US
  • Music popular among or played by black people, especially jazz and blues.

    ‘And while consumers and music executives no longer employ the term, constructions of categories of ‘race music’ persist, re-packaged in Rhythm and Blues, Hip Hop, and Latin forms, among others.’
    • ‘And the context the narrator provides for these migrants' dreams also precludes any smooth representation of ‘the glittering city’ and its ‘race music’.’
    • ‘When I walked into this, I had to learn a lot about this amalgam of country music and what was then called - what did they call it, race music.’
    • ‘The term rhythm and blues was coined by a Billboard Magazine journalist after he was asked by his editor to find an alternative for the label ‘race music’.’