black heritage music

Sunshine Economy
12:43 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

The Revolution And Evolution Of Miami Music Business

Willie Clarke in studio.
Credit WLRN / Courtesy

Can you name these songs? 

OK, so what do they have in common? 

All of these songs, either in whole or part, were recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami. It began as a small studio in the late 1950s and grew into six studios with a global reputation for making hits.

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Overtown
7:05 am
Tue August 26, 2014

How A Historic Theater Is Using Band Camp To Revitalize Overtown

Kids practice at the inaugural South Florida Marching Band Precision Camp in Overtown.
Credit Wilson Sayre

For the past few decades, Miami’s historically black Overtown neighborhood has struggled with crime and poverty. Sharing in that decline was the Lyric Theater, where figures like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie and Celia Cruz once graced its stage.

The old theater, though, has a new vision and through kids programming, hopes to change the image of Overtown emblazoned in the not-too-distant memory of South Floridians.

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Heritage
12:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Hear Florida's Black History Through Song

Miami Beach after the 1926 Miami Hurricane.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The unnamed hurricane that devastated South Florida in 1926 left hundreds dead and caused an economic crisis. The powerful storm remained in the minds of survivors and their descendants for years. In 1940, it was commemorated in song by a group of black men from Kenansville, Fla.

You can listen to the rare recording below, because the Library of Congress last week released it and several other old-Florida folk hymns as part of its "Songs of America" series.  The 80,000 tracks pan a century of American culture, with several pieces from Florida.

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South Florida Arts Beat
7:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Coconut Grove Black Heritage Music Series

St Paul AME Church
http://www.greaterstpaulame.com/

Due to the live press conference at 1pm this segment did not air live on South Florida Arts Beat.  Hear it now: 

 The Coconut Grove Cultural Arts Program presents:  “A Labor of Love Concert” – WHOLESOME, FAMILY-­FRIENDLY RHYTHM & BLUES, AND SOUL MUSIC sung by Soul Man Bobby Stringer, with The Special Touch Band; along with friends, The Ladies of Soul performing a Motown Review, and Mr. Jazz Pizzazz – Mel Dancy performing on the baby grand piano. Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., “with the support of the Miami-­Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-­Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.”

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Black Heritage Music Series, Sunday Afternoons of Music, Frost Art Museum, and Broward Arts Calendar

Mel Dancy & Renita Samuels Dixon in WLRN studios
Tracy Fields/WLRN Evenin' Jazz

08/30/13 - On the next South Florida Arts Beat, The Coconut Grove Black Heritage Music Series launches this weekend featuring two local music legends. Catch the details with Renita Samuels-Dixon. Producer extraordinaire, Doreen Marx, shares her excitement about Sunday Afternoons of Music’s new season. Director and Chief Curator, Dr.

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