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Recorded Music of the African Diaspora

Recorded Music of the African Diaspora

Recorded Music of the African DiasporaRecorded Music of the African Diaspora is a historically significant series of recordings that will encompass music from the African diaspora. In keeping with the mission of the CBMR to promote a better understanding of and access to black music from around the world, the series will embrace the widest-possible range of musical styles, genres, periods, and provenances, spanning popular and vernacular musics in myriad black music performance practices to concert and art music by black composers from around the world. The series will include rereleases of prior recordings, new recordings made by a wide variety of music ensembles, and even releases of field recordings of black music from around the world. Although the recording series is coordinated primarily by the Center for Black Music Research and Albany Records, it will use the expertise of scholars, artistic advisers, and performing arts institutions to ensure that the highest standards of scholarship and performance are achieved.

Releases

Music by Mary D. Watkins and Olly W. Wilson

Music by Mary D. Watkins and Olly W. Wilson
(Albany Records, 2010)

Watkins's Five Movements in Color and Wilson's Of Visions and Truth: A Song Cycle, performed by the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble.

Cover image: “Voyager” by Kerry James Marshall, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Used by permission of the artist.

Legacy: Violin Music of African-American Composers

Legacy: Violin Music of African-American Composers
(Albany Records, 2011)

Violinist Tami Lee Hughes and pianist Ellen Bottorff present a collection of works spanning three centuries by Francis Johnson, George Morrison, David N. Baker, Ozie Cargile, and Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes.

Cover image: “Initially Yours,” created in February 2011 by Alicia McDaniel. Used by permission of the artist.

Other Recordings from the CBMR

These albums are available in their entirety for free streaming online.

Black Music: The Written Tradition

Black Music: The Written Tradition
℗ and © 1990 Columbia College Chicago. Used by permission.

These recordings were made live on October 13, 1989, at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Missouri by the Black Music Repertory Ensemble. The concert and this recording were sponsored by the Center for Black Music Research and The College Music Society.

¡Kalinda Kaliente!

¡Kalinda Kaliente!
(p) and © 1997 Ocean Records. Used by Permission.

Eight Chicago musicians who performed folk and popular music from all regions of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean composed Ensemble Kalinda Chicago, the performance group of the Center's Project Kalinda. The group performed selections from genres such as the son, samba, méringue/merengue, bomba y plena, salsa, calypso, bolero and cha cha cha in lecture-demonstrations.