‘The key is to keep the faith for our race to be won’ | How the power of music in social movements has deep roots
Throughout the years, music has been an integral part of social movements. WUSA9 took a look at the history of music in social movements and its current impact. WASHINGTON — From the negro spirituals sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers in the 1870s to popular socially conscious music of the 50s, 60s and 70s, from artists like Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, and Marvin Gaye to contemporary artists like Kendrick Lamar and the DMV’s own Raheem DeVaughn – music has been used to inspire change and advance social movements.
WUSA9’s Ariane Datil takes a look at how the music of Black social movements has evolved throughout the years.
Let’s start back in the 1920s with James Reese Europe’s 369th U.S. Infantry “Hell Fighters” Band playing How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm?
“How ya gonna keep ’em away from harm, that’s a mystery They’ll never want to see a rake or plow And who the deuce can parleyvoos a cow? How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm After they’ve seen Paree’?” ” Nobody thought that anybody would be interested in Black music, outside of black circles, Kevin Fellezs, an ethnomusicologist at Columbia University said.
Fellezs studies how music […]
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