Music

Imamu Amiri Baraka’s Incendiary Classic ‘It’s Nation Time — African Visionary Music’ Reissued On Vinyl Via Motown/UMe

Imamu Amiri Baraka’s Pan-African manifesto It’s Nation Time — African Visionary Music, out of print since 1972, is available once again via Motown/UMe. The spoken-word jazz album, originally released on Motown Records’ Black Forum subsidiary, has been repressed on 150g black vinyl with tip-on jacket in a faithful reproduction of the original packaging. A poet,…

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At World War I Ceremony, The Songbird of Togo Reappears

At a gathering of world leaders in the French capital of Paris, singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo reprised an hypnotic work of ethereal beauty by a youthful West African singer. With a repertoire of just 17 songs, the diva, Bella Bellow, had won the hearts of presidents, accomplished artists and worldwide fans. Kidjo’s choice of Blewu (“Patience”)…

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Charleston Gospel Choir Rings in the Holiday Season with 19th Annual Gospel Christmas

The acclaimed Charleston Gospel Choir presents the 19th Annual Gospel Christmas Saturday, December 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at Burke High School Auditorium, 244 President Street, Charleston. A Lowcountry household name, the Charleston Gospel Choir brings real meaning to Charleston’s musical landscape performing down-home traditional spirituals and gospel renditions including s including gospel arrangements of Carol…

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Ava DuVernay Confirms Prince Documentary in Works

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia In about three minutes, singer Alicia Keys captured the very essence of the late pop megastar, Prince. Now, over the course of nearly two or more hours, famed movie maker Ava DuVernay will capture the “Purple Rain” hitmaker’s life and career on film. DuVernay on Tuesday confirmed…

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