We invite you to join us to celebrate the release of the Black Elements EP, made entirely by the students in the Black Protest Music course, led by Professor Charrise Barron. The release party will include communal listening where we’ll share all the songs, accompanying music videos, and one grand feature video – all produced by the students who participated in this course. We look forward to sharing our hearts, music, and work with you on April 14 at 4pm EST!
About Black Protest Music (AFRI 1230/ MUSC 1235A)
This courses surveys African American protest music through research and performance. At every point in American history, African Americans have crafted music to speak out against racial injustices. This course highlights the music of three specific moments in African American history: 1) spirituals of the enslaved; 2) music of the classical phase of the Civil Rights movement; and 3) burgeoning protest music of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Students study the sociocultural contexts informing the performances of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, Kendrick Lamar, and Beyoncé, among others. Students gain critical analytical skills for engaging music as cultural production, commodity, and vehicle of activism. Ultimately, this course equips students to situate BLM music within the longer history of African American musical activism, and it provides space for students to perform and compose black protest music.
- The music in this EP was written, arranged, recorded, and mixed by the students.
- The artwork for this EP and our social media campaign was made by Xinru Li.
- The EP was mastered by the department’s one and only, Professor Jim Moses.
- We want to acknowledge our Teaching Assistant, Jay Loomis, who was extremely helpful, supportive, encouraging and attentive to us during the semester.