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Afrocentric Voices Radio

When I began Afrocentric Voices eleven years ago, my primary purpose for the site was to focus on African American performers and composers and on the vocal music forms they influenced, especially opera, art songs and Negro spirituals composed for concert performance. Part of my research of this music has involved acquiring recordings--including rare, out-of-print 78s and LPs--by these musicians. For quite some time, I've wanted to find a way to share some of these recordings with those who share an interest in this music.

So, I'm honored to announce the creation of the Afrocentric Voices Radio. The webcasting station launched on December 5, 2008.

You can listen to the Internet radio service by clicking on the direct link at or by clicking the play button on the album cover to the left.

Regularly, a new theme will be featured on Afrocentric Voices Radio. Then, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CDT, you can hear exclusively those works that fit that theme.

Other upcoming themes are listed on the Afrocentric Voices Radio Station Page.

For the most part, though, you can hear recordings of historic voices and, of course, many of the contemporary composers and vocalists featured on this site:

  • Leslie Adams
  • Adele Addison
  • Donnie Ray Albert
  • Betty Allen
  • Odekhiren Amaize
  • Marian Anderson
  • Martina Arroyo
  • Carmen Balthrop
  • Kathleen Battle
  • Harolyn Blackwell
  • Gerald Blanchard
  • Jules Bledsoe
  • Edward Boatner
  • Margaret Bonds
  • Carol Brice
  • Anne Brown
  • Anthony Brown
  • Lawrence Brown
  • Uzee Brown
  • Grace Bumbry
  • Harry Thacker Burleigh
  • Nicole Cabell
  • Valerie Capers
  • John Carter
  • Florence Cole-Talbot
  • Will Marion Cook
  • Anthony Davis
  • Ellabelle Davis
  • William Dawson
  • R. Nathaniel Dett
  • Mattiwilda Dobbs
  • Todd Duncan
  • Simon Estes
  • Ruby Elzy
  • Denyce Graves
  • Reri Grist
  • Hilda Harris
  • Roland Hayes
  • Richard Heard
  • Barbara Hendricks
  • Moses Hogan
  • Charles Holland
  • LeVern Hutcherson
  • Betty Jackson King
  • Charles Lloyd, Jr.
  • Edward Matthews
  • Seth McCoy
  • Robert McFerrin
  • Leona Mitchell
  • Jessye Norman
  • John Payne
  • Willis Patterson
  • Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
  • Eugene Perry
  • Herbert Perry
  • Julia Perry
  • Florence Price
  • Leontyne Price
  • Florence Quivar
  • Derek Lee Ragin
  • Paul Robeson
  • Faye Robinson
  • George Shirley
  • Evelyn Simpson-Curenton
  • Hale Smith
  • Muriel Smith
  • William Grant Still
  • Howard Swanson
  • Darryl Taylor
  • Ricky Taylor
  • Three Mo' Tenors
  • Edna Thomas
  • Frederick Tillis
  • Louise Toppin
  • Margaret Tynes
  • Shirley Verrett
  • Videmus
  • George Walker
  • William Warfield
  • Daniel Washington
  • Felicia Weathers
  • Wendell Whalum
  • Camilla Williams
  • Olly Wilson
  • Lawrence Winters
  • John W. Work, Jr.
  • Lauretta Young

More recordings will be added over time.

At present, this service is self-funded, meaning coming out of my pocket. I'll run it as long as I can. If you enjoy Afrocentric Voices Radio and would like to see it flourish, your support would be much appreciated--either financial or gifts of relevant recordings. I've placed a donation button below. Every little bit helps. Just click to go to the form. Please note: your donation is not tax-deductible.

If you wish to donate recordings, my mailing address is: PO Box 281, Grinnell, IA 50112.

If you have any questions about the service, please let me know via the form below.

Afrocentric Voices Radio Inquiry

Your Name:

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Or email me at

Thanks so much for your interest!! Even if you don't participate, I hope you'll support the Afrocentric Voices Radio by visiting and enjoying the music of your colleagues and friends.

Randye Jones

Afrocentric Voices

Please submit contributions, comments, or suggestions to Randye Jones. Contents of Afrocentric Voices may be used for non-commercial purposes only if the source is acknowledged. All material remains the property of its creator. All commercial rights reserved.

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Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music. Created by Randye Jones. Created/Last modified: October 3, 2009. Accessed: .

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