The Birth of the Blues with Corey Harris – Wednesday 14th May 2014

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On Wednesday 14th May 2014, Black History Studies in association with CHANYA Culture Promotions hosted a presentation on ‘The Birth of the Blues’ By Corey Harris.

The presentation highlighted the individual art of playing, singing and composing the blues and how the blues is a language that different players and instruments can use to create a collaborative performance. Corey Harris demonstrated a concept of the blues that includes other types of Black music (reggae, ska, jazz) in the west that originated in Africa. He also spoke on the contributions and similarities of Malian and other West African music’s to the blues will be highlighted.

We had a brilliant time listening to the presentation and watching him sing and play his guitar. He has inspired me to complete some research into Blues artists that I was not unaware of. He such a beautiful man and was inspired by the fact that he home-schools his children.

On the night, Corey Harris introduced his new book Jahtigui: The Life and Music of Ali Farka Toure which examines the life and music of the Malian music legend Ali Farka Toure. I was happy that all the books that he brought with him sold out at the end of the night.

I would like to say a big thank you to Naomi Reid of CHANYA Promotions for giving us this opportunity. Thank you to everyone who came down and supported this event. One Love!


About blackhistorystudies

Black History Studies is a social enterprise company which operates in the interest of the community by offering courses and events in Adult Education. We aim to empower the African and Caribbean community and enable them to develop self knowledge and identity through Black History and Culture. Black History Studies aim to provide a wide range of courses and activities which will provide people with the opportunity to pursue their interest in Black History and Black Studies. We also aim to provide high quality courses and activities that can be accessed by all within the community. Our mission is to inform, inspire and empower people through Black History and Black Studies by educating the community to educate themselves thereby creating a self-sustaining learning circle. Black History Studies is dedicated to providing you with a high quality and professional service and can offer services such as: - Bespoke services for Secondary Schools - Black History and Black Studies Presentations - Black History Course for Families - 5 week short courses on Black History - Beginners and Advanced Black Studies Courses - Weekend courses on Black History and Black Studies - Museum Tours - Film Screenings - Black History Studies Presentations for hire
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