African American Music Appreciation Month

The month of June provides a time to appreciate and celebrate African American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters. This observation began on June 7, 1979, when President Jimmy Carter decreed June to be Black Music Month.

The month of June provides a time to appreciate and celebrate African American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters. This observation began on June 7, 1979, when President Jimmy Carter decreed June to be Black Music Month.

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Spirituals | Gullah Music
Spirituals | Gullah Music

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Spirituals developed at the same time as work songs on the plantations. Although they were religious songs with a Christian message, spirituals were also heartfelt expressions of the slave experience...
Gospel | Gullah Music
Gospel | Gullah Music

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After slavery ended, some African American churches shifted from traditional spirituals to a new kind of religious music called gospel. This style of music brought together the elements of the “shout”...
Middle Passage | Gullah Music
Middle Passage | Gullah Music

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European slave traders brought Africans to the New World on ships as early as the 1400s. These voyages across the Atlantic Ocean are called the Middle Passage. It was a terrible experience for the...
Pop & Soul | Gullah Music
Pop & Soul | Gullah Music

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Rhythm and blues was an early form of rock and roll but it also contributed to a smoother sounding musical style called soul. In 1960, Berry Gordy, Jr. began a recording label in Detroit, Michigan...
African Music | Gullah Music
African Music | Gullah Music

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Music was an important tradition in Africa centuries before Africans were brought to America. Singing was a part of everyday life when people were at work, worship or play. The drum was the most...
South Carolina Jazz Festival  | ETV Shorts
South Carolina Jazz Festival | ETV Shorts

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Jazz king John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was born in Cheraw in 1917. Dizzy was a founder of modern jazz, an innovative trumpeter known for his bent horn and bulging cheeks. The South Carolina Jazz...
Juilliard In Aiken  | ETV Shorts
Juilliard In Aiken | ETV Shorts

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Juilliard in Aiken is a week-long event featuring public performances, concerts and outreach to area schools from students and faculty of Juilliard, America's premier music conservatory. The...
Freddie Vanderford  | ETV Shorts
Freddie Vanderford | ETV Shorts

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Freddie Vanderford's passion for music started at an early age when he befriended legendary blues harmonica player Peg Leg Sam at the age of 16. Vanderford's talent and enthusiasm for music has earned...
Family Across the Sea, Part 4 | SCETV Specials
Family Across the Sea, Part 4 | SCETV Specials

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Family Across the Sea, Part 4 Like the Black Seminoles who fled white civilization, blacks began to return to Africa in the 19th century. Historian Alpha Bah has studied the return of blacks to Sierra...
Harlem Renaissance | Artopia
Harlem Renaissance | Artopia

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Bob Masteller shares how The Harlem Renaissance was the most exciting period in the history of jazz. The Harlem Renaissance took place in Harlem, New York between the end of World War I and the middle...