As Prince reminded us at this year’s Grammy’s music is still a valuable aspect of all cultures. February, or Black History Month, is a period known for the celebration of black culture in America. Historically, African Americans have had a more than significant influence on music in America.
Contrary to popular belief, genres such as Rock and Roll, Blues, or even Country have their roots in Black culture and throughout history many genres were created by taking already established music styles in the Black community (jazz, gospel, swing) and rebranding them for a wider, fairer skinned, audience. Even today black excellence and innovation can be found all over music, many artists take notes from the R&B stylings of other African American artists.
In honor of this immense amount of innovation within the black community, I have taken the liberty of developing a playlist to represent the various genres and the reach of our culture in modern music as well as several classics by musical juggernauts of our past, several songs deal with important racial issues of recent times.
Check out this playlist on SoundCloud: Like Books and Black Lives! https://soundcloud.com/lordfredo/sets/like-books-and-black-lives
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