Music

Smithsonian Launches Kickstarter for Culture-Defining “Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap”, Achieves Goal Early

The Smithsonian launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign October 17 for the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, a powerful cultural statement told through an unequaled combination of music, text and stunning visuals. The compilation, to be produced and released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, includes nine CDs, more than 120 tracks and a 300-page book with extensive…

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FAMU Marching “100” Receives Prestigious Invite to 2019 Rose Bowl Parade

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) world-renowned Marching “100” is headed to the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in 2019. The University’s band has received an invitation to participate in this Rose Bowl-connected event in Pasadena, California. The Marching “100″ has mesmerized audiences around the globe for more than 70 years. Throughout its history,…

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The 16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Returns to Rock Atlanta

Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) will make its highly-anticipated return to Atlanta on January 27, 2018, when eight marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) take the field to dazzle fans with their music, choreography and pageantry. The polls are now open for the public to vote for their favorite…

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2017 Colour of Music: Five-Day All Black Classical Music Festival

The Colour of Music Festival announces the fifth annual Colour of Music Festival October 18-22, 2017 offering a musical kaleidoscope showcasing the impact and historical significance of black classical composers and performers on American and world culture at various venues in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Since 2013 the Colour of Music Festival (COMF) has brought international, national, and regional…

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Rapper Offset Launches $500K Fundraising Campaign for the American Cancer Society

Rapper Offset, of the chart-topping hip-hop trio Migos, is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and mobilizing his fellow artists, corporate sponsors and passionate fans to raise $500,000 for the organization. Offset’s dedication to the fight against cancer is personal. His inspiration for working with the American Cancer Society is his late grandmother, Sallie…

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9th Annual Lowcountry Jazz Festival Takes Flight

By Barney Blakeney Dr. Thaddeus John Bell and the team of the Lowcountry Jazz Festival are anticipating another successful event as the 9th annual musical extravaganza swings into play September 1-3. Bell expects this year’s festival to exceed the reputation that it’s earned in previous years as the premier jazz concert event in the state.…

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