James Brown...the Godfather of Soul:
Black musicians have been PACE-SETTERS and leaders in the world of music. Ranging from the styles of.... Little Richard.... to Satchmo...to James Brown....to BB King....to Chubby Checker.... to Bo Diddley... to Aretha Franklin...to... Stevie Wonder....to Billie Holiday....to Smokey Robinson... to THE SUPREMES...to Marvin Gaye...and Kirk Franklin (and many others)-- African Americans have been the creative leaders -- whose music has been copied and stolen by many "great white singers and artists."
LONG BEFORE Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bill Haley & the Comets, the Beach Boys, and similar others ---BLACK MUSICIANS WERE CREATING...rock & roll, blues, and jazz sounds.
REMEMBER: Don Cornelius & Soul Train
BLACK PEOPLE UPLIFTED THE WORLD OF MUSIC
THE KING OF POP....Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson passed away to the next world June 2009.
He earned 13 Grammie Awards for his music and numerous other awards and honors.
Elvis Presley copied this woman's music --
LISTEN to Big Mama Thorton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XUAg1_A7IE
LISTEN to Big Joe Turner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Feq_Nt3nM
TEMPTATIONS VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltRwmgYEUr8
African American music expressed the deepest sentiments, concerns, hopes, and dreams of Black people --- and of most people in the world.
LISTEN TO HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES--
Music created by African-Americans is the root of all the popular jazz, rock & roll, gospel and rap.
BLACK MUSIC has made a profound contribution to all American music.
LISTEN TO MARVIN GAYE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkYx--x9wa0
WATCH WHITNEY HOUSTON AND NATALIE COLE PERFORM:
THE GREAT ISAAC HAYES...performing his hit theme song for the movie...."Shaft"
LISTEN TO THESE SISTAHS --
LISTEN TO THE O'JAYS -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1LQNsqp9Fc
GOSPEL MUSIC STILL SOOTHES OUR SOULS:
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LADY SINGS THE BLUES...
Listen to the classical "Lady Day" --- BILLIE HOLIDAY
Bo Diddley --
LISTEN to Bo Diddley-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs8FJergjas
Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll whose distinctive "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday, June 2, 2008 after months of ill health. He was 79.
NO PEOPLE KNOW THE BLUES...LIKE BLACK PEOPLE...
BB King --
Ray Charles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Tiz6INF7I
Jazz is a unique and innovative musical form that was created in the U.S.A. by Black people. Musicians such as: McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Satchmo, Santana, Leon Thomas, Billie Holiday, Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone, etc. -- put Jazz on the map.
Listen to Nina Simone --
Dr. NINA SIMONE passed away after a long illness at her home in her villa in Carry-le-Rouet (South of France) on April 21, 2003. As she had wished, her ashes were spread in different African countries.
The Diva, who was as well an Honorary Doctor in Music and Humanities, has an unrivalled legendary status as one of the very last 'griots". She is and will forever be the ultimate songstress and storyteller of our times.
Listen to Leon Thomas perform..."The Creator Has a Master Plan"
LISTEN to John Coltrane play one of his classics: "A LOVE SUPREME"
--- recorded in 1965
Poetry is an art-form that has existed in cultures all over the world. Poems are beautiful music of language. Poets are great communicators who use language to persuade -- to teach-- and to entertain. It is a unique way of expressing feelings, opinions, romance, social concerns, politics and goals -- with cadence, rhythm, and style.
RAPPIN' was a highly respected vocal art-form that started before slavery in Africa...and was made more popular during the 1960's by "Spoken Word Artists," ...such as --
GIL SCOTT HERON -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTCQSk2l8bc
and -- THE LAST POETS.
LISTEN to "The Last Poets" -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O7MWLdOU7c