The History of Black American Music show is a fusion of education and entertainment that presents the development of the African American cultural tradition through the lens of music.
Starting in the time of slavery with Negro spirituals, Oya explores how different Black artists throughout American history — everyone from Ma Rainey and WC Handy, to Duke Ellington, the Staples Singers, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke — have used their music to express their experiences and the deepest messages from their souls, and have, in many cases used their powerful public images to pave the way for real social change.
Oya sings their songs and intersperses them with stories about key historical moments that forever changed America’s artistic, political and cultural landscapes and celebrates others — from Frank Sinatra, to Benny Goodman and George Gershwin — who supported iconic talents, including Sammy Davis, Jr., Lena Horne, Teddy Wilson and Ella Fitzgerald when they were trying to find a place within the industry.
Oya paints a vivid picture of how they were able, both collectively and individually to make the groundbreaking moves that brought about integration within the music business and beyond, which today allows everyone, regardless of race, to freely make beautiful music together.
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