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Marvin Gaye Biopic ‘What’s Going On?’ Picked Up By Warner Bros., Produced by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine
Ziggy Marley Honors Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: ‘A Magician, A Philosopher, A Musical Scientist’
“He opened minds with his creativity and his personality,” says Bob Marley’s son
“He made no apology for being himself and you had to accept that and figure out the deeper meanings to his words and character,” Ziggy Marley said of Perry.
‘This has brought me power to be myself’: Brazil’s Black jazz artists

‘Bringing Black people to the forefront of their stories’ … from left: Jonathan Ferr, Yoùn and Amaro Freitas. Composite: Renan Oliveira/ Jão Vicente

Black musicians have often been sidelined in Brazil, but by diving deep into their complex heritage, the likes of Jonathan Ferr and Amaro Freitas are making themselves heard
Bob Marley and The Wailers’ ‘Capitol Session ’73’: How the Lost Footage Came to Light

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Who was Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the English composer referred to as ‘Black Mahler’?

‘The revolution could not be televised’: why were so many black concert films erased from history?

New documentary Summer of Soul recalls an iconic moment in 60s music – but it has taken far too long for us to see the footage

‘It has our energy, our story’: asakaa, Ghana’s vibrant drill rap scene

Yaw Tog … ‘I had a vision of what I wanted to do.’ Photograph: Kwame Afrika
From the US and UK, drill has spread to Ghana, where it provides a voice for the excluded. On the streets of Kumasi, the scene’s MCs tell their story

‘A legend in her own right’

Carolyn Franklin, Aretha’s forgotten sister
For those of you who are critically panning Diana Ross’s new album I say shame on you!!! Ms. Ross is a superstar of stellar means who has been entertaining us for more than a half-century! She has always done so with elegance, class and grace! This woman is one of your living queens! Perhaps she might be better received today if she were singing about sex, sex acts and body parts, but Ms. Ross is not that kind of lady! If you really listen to the album, it’s not half bad for a nearly 78 year old woman. She is singing of love, hope and acceptance during a time when all are sorely lacking! Most of you do not like getting out of bed in the morning. This lady has been singing and traveling the world for nearly sixty years! Ms. Ross has done it all! She has nothing left to prove. Let her say “Thank You” while she still can. We love you Diana! And no, thank you!
Leslie Howard
Bob Marley
Song Showcases Colin Powell’s Jamaican Roots at His Funeral

How Fela Kuti changed the game with Fela Fela Fela

Fifty years since he released his stunning Afrobeat debut, Fela Fela Fela, Fela Kuti remains a cultural and political icon in his native Nigeria and around the world


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Blues legends HOWLIN’ WOLF (aka Chester Burnett) and JOHN LEE HOOKER, together.

Photo from Pinterest.
Black diaspora’s
contribution to British culture still under-recognised – New African Magazine

Arthur “Art” Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990),

known later as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, was an American Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer and bandleader.
Along with Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, he was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. He is known as a powerful musician and a vital groover; his brand of bluesy, funky hard bop was and continues to be profoundly influential on mainstream jazz.
For more than 30 years his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, included many young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz. The band’s legacy is thus not only known for the music it produced, but as a proving ground for several generations of jazz musicians; Blakey’s groups are matched only by those of Miles Davis in this regard.
Blakey was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame (in 1982), the Grammy Hall of Fame (in 2001), and was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
Art Blakey, Paris, France, 1958; Photo by Herman Leonard
Rapper Tion Wayne
‘Police don’t want us to win, they want us in jail’
Sadler’s Wells to open hip-hop academy at new east London venue
Black opera
stuns America’s most segregated stage

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