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The Revolutionary History of Blues, Soul, and Funk

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On January 27, 2021, the DFO Board Outreach Committee sponsored an online program exploring music and dance history.  

Planned in collaboration with June Bischoff, who has been organizing Albany Lindy and Blues events in collaboration with the DFO, the purpose of the program was to expand our understanding about a range of traditional music and dance genres.  The DFO slogan is “Connecting and Inspiring Through Traditional Music and Dance.”

The program was presented by Kenneth Shipp, the Event Advisor & Executive Director for the Ujima Blues Foundation.  He notes:

Every genre of Black music, intrinsic to the growth of American popular music, informs the next generation of music listeners and performers about the black experience. From the way it sounds, to the way you move with it, and the way it continuously challenges the black social issues of today and yesteryear, Black music cannot be separated from its roots of oppression and celebration. There are key threads of Black history that link the blues, soul, and funk genres together and form the basis for future genres of Black music.

Kenneth hails from St. Louis, MO and is an instructor who grew up dancing hip hop and breakdancing before jumping into Blues.  For the past few years he has been passionately studying the family of Blues idioms, incorporating his nerdy personality along the way. Kenneth’s life experiences inform his dancing and he wants his students to walk away with a better historical and contextual understanding to exhibit it in their dances.

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The Revolutionary History of Blues, Soul, and Funk

Wednesday, January 27th

Join us for an online program exploring music and dance history.

The event will be streamed via Facebook Live on Wednesday, January 27th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  (You do not have to be on Facebook to watch the program.)  Visit www.facebook.com/events/244681367273326.

Every genre of Black music, intrinsic to the growth of American popular music, informs the next generation of music listeners and performers about the black experience. From the way it sounds, to the way you move with it, and the way it continuously challenges the black social issues of today and yesteryear, Black music cannot be separated from its roots of oppression and celebration. Come learn the key threads of Black history that link the blues, soul, and funk genres together and how it forms the basis for future genres of Black music.

The program will be presented by Kenneth Shipp, the Event Advisor & Executive Director for the Ujima Blues Foundation.