Sunday, February 3, 2008

A Black History Mix

An exercise in exploring the history of black consciousness and history as expressed through music . Far from comprehensive or even really representative but these are some songs I have that I thought would provide a decent enough primer and that I like (and so, obviously should you)

Music for the People:

Sweet Honey in the Rock- Wade in the Water [download]
Robert Johnson- Me & The Devil Blues [download]
Billie Holiday-Strange Fruit [download]
Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm- Rocket 88 [download]
Nina Simone-Mississippi Goddamn [download]
Nina Simone- To Be Young, Gifted & Black [download]
Richie Havens- Freedom/Motherless Child [download]
James Brown- Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud) [download]
The Last Poets- Black Wish [download]
Stevie Wonder- Black Man [download]
The Last Poets- Just Because [download]
Gil Scott-Heron- Brother [download]
Public Enemy- Fight the Power [download]
Boogie Down Productions (KRS-One)- Why Is That? [download]
Ras Kass- Nature of the Threat [download]
2Pac- Old School [download]
Dead Prez- Hip Hop [download]
Outkast-Liberation [download]

Who’s up for a revolution?

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