Hear Wade in the Water: An Unprecedented 26-Hour-Long Exploration of the African American Sacred Music Tradition | Open Culture

Open Culture, Open Culture It may well be a truism to say that American music is African American music, but that doesn’t make it any less true. And when we reduce truths down to truisms they lose the granular detail that makes them interesting and relevant. Everyone knows, for example, that there would be no […]

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Lead Belly | Folkways Recordings

Folkways Recordings, Folkways Recordings Lead Belly is “the hard name of a harder man,” said Woody Guthrie of his friend and fellow American music icon who was born Huddie Ledbetter (c. 1888–1949). From the swamplands of Louisiana, the prisons of Texas, and the streets of New York City, Lead Belly and his music became cornerstones […]

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The Man They Called ‘Trane’, Remembering A Jazz Giant | uDiscoverMusic

Richard Havers, uDiscoverMusic John Coltrane died on 17 July 1967 having given more to jazz in his 40 years than many who live a much longer life. His music has been an inspiration to many rock musicians as well as younger jazz musicians and his album, A Love Supreme, is one of the acknowledged masterpieces […]

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Giving Up the Funk: George Clinton says goodbye to the road | Entertainment Weekly

Rodney Carmichael, Entertainment Weekly Martin Schoeller/August. Featured Image The Funk has left the building. Well, technically, the Funk has only retired to a room adjacent to the stage where his masseuse awaits. “I need my massage,” George Clinton says. At 77, his pre-concert ritual is a lot different than it used to be: No illicit […]

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The Story Of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’ | NPR

Deborah Williams, NPR Stevie Wonder performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 25, 1974. Waring Abbott/Getty. Featured Image By the early 1970s, Stevie Wonder had already spent nearly a decade churning out hits for Motown Records as Little Stevie. But at age 22 he no longer wanted to follow the Motown […]

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Jamila Woods: Legacy! Legacy! review – poetry in motion | The Guardian

Kitty Empire, The Guardian Jamila Woods – engaged but accessible. Photograph: Bradley Murray, Featured Image She might be an up-and-coming soul singer, but US poet and activist Jamila Woods is a team player. Her second album is also a showcase for other people’s work. Each song on this engaged but accessible record memorialises a figure […]

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