Why Black music matters

Its African American Music Appreciation Month in June. Originally decreed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, as Black Music Month former President Barack Obama renamed the month. Let us recognize the performers behind this incredible music, which has compelled us to stand up- to dance, to express our faith through song, to march against injustice, and to defend our county and amp;#39;s enduring promise of freedom and opportunity for all, Obama proclaimed.  African American music begins with the spiritual, a religious-themed song sung by slaves as they worked on the plantation fields of the South. Drawing on spirituals, field hollers and work songs, the blues was developed. Nearly all American music today is influenced by the blues: Jazz, Country, Rock. Hip-hop/rap is one of the few American musical styles that is not influenced by the blues but was also pioneered by African Americans.  Jun 1, 2017

Grammys 2017: Adele wins big awards at politically-charged ceremony

British singer Adele walked away with Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2017 awards on 12 February. The ceremony will also be remembered for a number of political statements and performances from the likes of Katy Perry and A Tribe Called Quest. Feb 13, 2017