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.
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:
Donnie Ray Albert
Harry Thacker Burleigh
Will Marion Cook
R. Nathaniel Dett
Betty Jackson King
Charles Lloyd, Jr.
Derek Lee Ragin
William Grant Still
Three Mo' Tenors
John W. Work, Jr.
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.
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.
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Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music. Created by Randye Jones. Created/Last modified: October 3, 2009. Accessed: . http://www.afrovoices.com.