This June marks the 30th anniversary of BlackMusic Month. Kenny Gamble of the popular R&B songwriting and productionteam Gamble & Huff is responsible for encouraging former President JimmyCarter to officially designate June as a time to acknowledge the contributionsBlacks musicians have made to the art form.
As enslaved Africans were brought to America musicplayed a significant role in communication. Listeners and speakers continued toexercise the call-and-response exchanges that were common practice in West Africa during musical, religious, and politicalassemblies.
By the beginning of the 20th century, African-Americanswere on the verge of establishing genres including ragtime, jazz and blues.
Today, we will focus on Best All-Around Performers in Blackmusic history. From the likes of James Brown, Michael Jackson and Beyonce, whichperformer has inspired you the most?