Musiqology at Harlem Stage

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Pianist, composer and professor Guthrie Ramsey brings his book, ‘Soundproof: Black Music, Magic and Racial Intimacies’, alive with an ensemble of musicians and poets that revisits music from the past through current styles like gospel, jazz, soul and hip-hop. This multi-media concert explores how enslaved African Americans used music as proof of their humanity, as a soundtrack for paranormal events like spirit possession and as a melting pot in which diverse African cultural groups became an African American people. Black music is a powerful cultural transaction with magical qualities; it can occupy the past, present and future. This musical presentation makes explicit how black music “makes” social bonds and community values.