Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Celebrating Black History Month - Videos by Sonny Greenwich, R Nathaniel Dett, Liberty Silver

Historical Bits

Links: Sonny Greenwich, More Sonny Greenwich StoriesVideo above courtesy of Aaron Oppenheim

Historical Bits (from Wikipedia)

  • Born in Drummondville, Ontario (now Niagara Falls) on October 11, 1882.
  • During his lifetime he was a leading Black composer, known for his use of African-American folk songs and spirituals as the basis for choral and piano compositions.
  • Moved to Niagara Falls, NY in 1893
  • From 1924 to 1926, Dett served as president of The National Association of Negro Musicians
  • Died of a heart attack on October 2, 1943 during a USO tour.
  • Canada's Nathaniel Dett Chorale, founded in 1998, was named for him and performs his music as well as that of other composers of African descent

Links: R Nathaniel DeetVideo above courtesy of robt007

Historical Bits (from Wikipedia)

  • Born in Detroit in 1961/62
  • Was adopted in Canada as a child.
  • At 12 years old, her Reggae band, The Wild Bunch opened for Bob Marley in New York City 
  • Became the first Black woman in history to win a JUNO Award in 1995
  • Also in 1995, she was the first-ever Juno recipient of the ‘Best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year’ for her single “Lost Somewhere Inside Your Love.” 
  • Competed in Star Search and won multiple times.

Links: Liberty SilverVideo above courtesy of Rammit Records

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