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Mon, 25.01.2021

Letta Mbulu, Singer born

*Letta Mbulu was born on this date in 1942. She is a Black South African jazz singer.  Born and raised in Soweto, South Africa, she has been active as a singer since the 1960s. While still a teenager she toured with the musical King Kong but left for the United States in 1965 due to […]

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Mon, 25.01.2021

Gonzell White, Singer born

*Gonzell White was born on this date in 1897.  Also known as Gonzelle White, was a Black jazz, blues, and vaudeville performer in the United States.  White was born in Chicago, Illinois.  She performed also as a blues, jazz and burlesque act, and was first mentioned in reports in 1912 and specifically as a blues […]

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Mon, 25.01.2021

Jonas Gwangwa, Musician born

*Jonas Gwangwa was born on this date in 1937.  He was a Black South African jazz musician, songwriter and producer.  Jonas Mosa Gwangwa was born in Orlando East, Soweto, South Africa.   He first gained prominence playing trombone with The Jazz Epistles. After the short-lived group broke up, he continued to be important to the […]

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Sun, 24.01.2021

Zelia N. Breaux, Music Educator born

*Zelia N. Breaux was born on this date in 1880.  She was a Black music instructor and musician who played the trumpet, violin and piano.  Born Zelia N. Page in Jefferson City, Missouri, Inman Edward and Zelia Ball Page. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the Lincoln Institute, where her father was serving […]

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Sat, 23.01.2021

José White Lafitte, Classical Musician born

*José Silvestre White Lafitte was born on this date in 1836.  Also known as Joseph White, he was an Afro Cuban, French violinist and composer.   Born in in Matanzas, Cuba, his father Don Carlos White was Spanish, and his mother was Afro-Cuban.  After receiving early musical training from his father, who was an amateur violinist, […]

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Tue, 19.01.2021

Emicida, Rapper born

*Emicida, was born on this date in 1985.  He is an Afro Brazilian rapper, singer, songwriter and MC.  He was born Leandro Roque de Oliveira into a poor family in Sau Paulo, Brazil. His father died when Leandro was still a child, as told in the song “Ooorra …”.  He composed rhymes and passed them […]

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Sun, 17.01.2021

L. Viola Kinney born

*The birth of L. Viola Kinney is celebrated on this date c.1890.  She was a Black composer, pianist, and teacher active during the first half of the twentieth century.   Born Lady Viola Kinney in Sedalia, Missouri, she was one of the five children of Patrick and Lillian Kinney. Her father was a cook and […]

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Sun, 10.01.2021

Edgar Sampson, Musician and Lyricist born

*Edgar Sampson was born on this date in 1907.  He was a Black musician and arranger.  Edgar Melvin Sampson was born in New York City.   As a young man he played alto saxophone and violin in a number of bands during the 20s and 30s, including Duke Ellington, Rex Stewart and Fletcher Henderson.   His most […]

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Sun, 03.01.2021

Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith born

*Willie “Big Eyes” Smith was born on this date in 1920.  He was a Black musician (Harp and Drums).  From Helena, Arkansas, his grandparents, who were sharecroppers outside of town on the Epps Plantation, raised him.   His connection to the Blues had many coincidences linked him to his present life.  Robert Nighthawk had a farm […]

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Sun, 03.01.2021

Ed Thigpen, Drummer born

*Ed Thigpen was born on this date in 1930.  He was a Black Jazz and standards drummer.   Born in Chicago, Illinois, Edmund Leonard Thigpen was raised in Los Angeles and attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon and Chico Hamilton also attended. After majoring in sociology at Los Angeles City College, […]

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Poetry Corner

i can tell you about them i have shaken rivers out of my eyes i have waded eyelash deep have crossed rivers have shaken the water weed out of... HOW I GOT OVAH by Carolyn Rodgers.
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