NAACP IMAGE Awards

  The NAACP has a seat at the table and receives funding from selected major US corporations seeking to redress systemic racism. However, the annual NAACP IMAGE Awards perpetuates systemic racism (omission of achievements by African American in classical music and composition). Please see https://africlassical.blogspot.com/2011/03/john-malveaux-asks-executive-director.html https://africlassical.blogspot.com/search?q=john+malveaux+%2B+image+awards https://africlassical.blogspot.com/2018/01/john-malveaux-michael-abels-is-2017.html https://africlassical.blogspot.com/2013/12/request-to-add-classical-music-to.html Classical music is subliminally associated with the…

Blind Tom Wiggins

See New York Times article about composers of African descent. Slave Blind Tom Wiggins became an internationally recognized performer. By 1868 Tom toured the United States and Canada. He earned an average of $50,000 annually for the Bethune family in Virginia. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/arts/music/black-composers-classical-music.html?fbclid=IwAR3xX7mA4oaJ4G3HJrnLLxjeqFcpZBkVWqY91RdMl07O5DxKwXii76bE7xw

Audio Library No. 5 – CANDLELIGHT for Soprano

OBJECTIVE: Heighten awareness of historically significant, but little known, symphonic, chamber, and vocal music -including operas. No. 5   Contemporary composers have the difficult challenge of not only competing against current composers but also the classical canon after copyright coverage. This challenge is heightened when a South Korean composer uses Korean text for an art song. See/hear…

Dave Brubeck’s THE GATES of JUSTICE

October 2019 was the 50th anniversary of Dave Brubeck’s THE GATES of JUSTICE. See https://africlassical.blogspot.com/2019/10/john-malveaux-50th-anniversary-of.html. African American baritone Kevin Deas was one of two soloists in THE GATES of JUSTICE and a later soloist during 2015 MusicUNTOLD concert celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. See https://africlassical.blogspot.com/2019/10/john-malveaux-kevin-deas-sang-during.html. In a recent statement, 130 Jewish organizations…