Black History Month 2015

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It's Black History Month. I'm into Social Justice. So here you go.

 

Oh, Nina Simone...what an incredible voice.

She wanted to attend Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, but she was denied...and she was not able to pursue her chosen career of becoming a concert pianist.

Ms Simone was able to turn another situation into an opportunity, and thank goodness she didn't let racism stop her from creating music.

Her voice has such a distinct quality it stops you in your tracks. Check this video out:

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Reginald Mobley, countertenor extraordinaire.

Reggie has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard. His ornamentation is exquisite, the result breath-taking.

I had a verbal agreement to do a St. John Passion once, and I lost it to a countertenor when the conductor found out he was getting a period orchestra. That burns me to this day.

If it had been Reggie that I had lost the gig to, however, I wouldn't mind. Not one bit.

Listen up here, and listen real good:

 

Camilla Williams, soprano

THIS is the soprano who sang the Star-Spangled Banner before Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. THAT would have been spectacular to witness.

Here is Ms. Williams in "Ritorna Vincitor" from Aida. A stunning beginning, incredible musicality, and she gave me goosebumps at 3:50.

 

What other African American singers do we need to know about? Post your links, comments, and video links below!