*Los Angeles, CA – Today, an esteemed group of music and entertainment industry leaders, led by Michael Mauldin, Demmette Guidry and Judy Klein, announced the Black American Music Association (BAM). BAM is a non-profit 501(c)(6) professional trade association introduced in June of 2018. The organization was created to “Preserve, Protect, and Promote the Legacy and Future of Authentic Black American Music as a global art form.”
BAM acknowledges the economic impact and cultural influence of Black American Music worldwide and will galvanize the industry to become the unified voice of culture and the governing body for the art form. BAM will advocate for and support its membership, through programs, campaigns, and initiatives to heighten the visibility, viability, and values of leading genres, artists, producers, creatives, and music professionals.
“I’m so honored to be chairing the Black American Music Association and to help lead a movement involving so many dedicated, like-minded executives, creatives, and professional leaders in their own rights. Throughout my entire career, I have been driven and inspired by Black American Music; an art form that we identify with, as the mother of all popular music genres,” states co-founder Michael Mauldin. “We also want to thank the late Andre Harrell for his support from day one. Furthermore, we’d like to thank The Georgia Entertainment Caucus along with BMI for their partnership and support, and look forward to working with them on the Black American Music Walk of Fame, scheduled to break ground in Atlanta Georgia, this fall.”
“As an indigenous art form, Black American Music deserves to be protected, preserved and celebrated by those who profit from it and by those who have labored to advance it. With stewardship, innovation, narrative and economic positioning we will transform our cultural relevance into community relevance empowering future generations,” expressed co-founder Demmette Guidry. “Black American Music has inspired over 50 different genres of music and has been one of the most powerful influences on culture, trends, fashion, dance and humanity around the world. It is one of America’s greatest and most profitable exports,” continues Guidry.
Along with Mauldin and Guidry, some of the prestigious music industry executives already on board and serving as charter members, include co-founder Judy Klein (True 3 Media), Derrick Williams (DNA Media Group), Catherine Brewton (BMI), Steve McKeever (Hidden Beach Recordings), Dennis Ashley (ICM Partners), Nwaka Onwusa (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame), L.A. Reid (HITCO), Chaka Zulu (Spotify/Disturbing Tha Peace Records), Nicole Wyskoarko (Interscope Records), Frank Cooper (BlackRock Capital), Jaha Johnson (HITCO), Vivian Scott-Chew (TimeZone International), Damien Granderson (Granderson – Des Rochers), Kirkland Alexander Lynch (Kirkland Alexander Enterprises).
With a committed agenda spread out over the next three years, kicking off with the Black American Music Walk of Fame, BAM will establish events and action items throughout 2021. BAM will commemorate the 100th year of Black American Music, the year of 2022, with the inaugural Black American Music Awards. BAM will also be announcing numerous educational initiatives including a Professional Certification program as well as partnerships with other non-profit organizations including The Otis Redding Foundation, Hope For Harvest, NXG Leaders, and Power2Inspire Foundation; through the associated Black American Music Foundation, a non-profit 501©(3).
Catherine Brewton adds, “In these challenging times, we need an organization that provides a platform for Black Creators. That organization is the Black American Music Association (BAM). Black Music has always been at the forefront of American culture but is often undervalued by the mainstream. It is our goal at BAM to honor, preserve and protect the rights of Black creators. I’m proud that BMI was one of the first companies to donate to BAM in support of the Black American Music Walk of Fame. “
About Black American Music Association
Founded in 2017, the Black American Music Association (BAM) is a 501©(6) professional trade organization comprised of music professionals, creators, scholars, stakeholders, and communities working to preserve, protect and promote the legacy and future of authentic Black American Music as an indigenous art form. BAM provides “a unity of purpose” for more than 42 stakeholder categories within Black American Music. And it utilizes the art form’s global cultural influence to impact local communities and empower future generations through professional training, education, preservation, financial literacy, and advocacy.
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The Pulse of Entertainment: Guitarist Norman Brown Releases 3rd Shanachie Album, ‘Heart to Heart’ / LISTEN
*“We are one, part of each other,” said Grammy-nominated lead guitarist Norman Brown about the meaning of the title to his 12th album and 3rd project on the Shanachie Entertainment imprint. “God created all of this. Everything is interconnected like machines are interconnected.”
Brown connected with a group of musicians that included Peter White (guitar), Jeff Lober (piano), Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis (keyboard), and David Mann (sax) to complete the “Heart to Heart” project.
Norman said the featured musicians on his album understand his sound and went on to say, “Jeff and I wrote a song together but never used it…been trying to work together every since. (Big Dog) I decided to do something different…and called Big Dog. We stayed up all night. I did a duet with Peter White, it’s the title track.”
As a lead guitarist Norman Brown has collaborated with the elites in the music business which includes Brian McKnight, Miki Howard, Gerald Albright, George Benson, Peabo Bryson, and Chante Moore. His solo debut was in 1992, a collaboration with Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder and Kenneth H. Williams, and it was produced by drummer Norman Connors. He launched the trio BWB in 2002 with Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun and they have released three albums.
About his unique style of guitar playing Norman said, “I do what music tells me to do.”
Norman Brown was really philosophical about the meaning to the album, adding, “No one can succeed alone, as soon as we understand that the better the world will be.”
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]
Happy 47th Birthday to the Break Beat! [EUR Video Flashback]
*On August 11, 1973, in the Bronx, NY, a neighborhood DJ known for throwing house parties decided to try something different for the “Back to School Jam” he would hold that night in the rec room of his apartment complex.
DJ Kool Herc noticed that people on the dancefloor had more energy during the instrumental breaks of the songs he’d play. So the 18-year-old figured he’d spin only the intros and breaks of his vinyl stash and see what happened.
Welp, what happened was the birth of the break beat that, in turn, birthed hip hop. The instrumental breaks gave his friend, Coke La Rock, a music bed to shout out individuals among the 300 or so people who showed up to the party.
For parties in Cedar Park the following summer, Herc figured out a way to make those instrumental breaks continuous, providing an endless music bed for emcees to talk over.
This merry-go-round technique would be refined and expanded with scratches and such by other DJs like Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa, but it was Clive Campbell, a.k.a. DJ Kool Herc, that started the break beat 47 years ago today in that rec room at 1520 Sedgewick Ave. in The Bronx.
The three songs that Herc used in his very first merry-go-round experiment deserve just as much credit for the birth of hip hop. Below are the tracks in their entirety, and more.
James Brown – Give It Up Or Turn It a Loose [at the 4:20 mark]
James Brown – Give It Up Or Turn It a Loose Live 1971 (Remastered)
Incredible Bongo Band – Bongo Rock
Incredible Bongo Band introduces themselves on “Action 73,” hosted by Dick Clark
Incredible Bongo Band reunited (Scene from “Sample This” 2012 documentary)
Babe Ruth – The Mexican
Babe Ruth – The Mexican – Live in Montreal 1975 (Remastered)
At the 3:06 mark below, Janita Haan and Alan Shocklock of Babe Ruth on finding out that their “progressive rock” song “The Mexican” was being used as a hip hop break beat | #SFLive Interview
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