“From Africa to Hip Hop”
An original history performance by New York spoken word poet Bob McNeil
Saturday, February 27, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, 4-6pm
Part of Black History Month: Music and Diversity II.
“In ancient times, before the first word was ever uttered, there was music. Music spoke for humanity.
Communication resided in each grunt and drumbeat.
Today, music still communicates by telling us, with each note, despite environmental problems, racial problems, and terroristic problems, there is melody. In a world of unpleasantness, there is still melody.
Bob McNeil and his accompanists are going to share essays, lyrics, poems, quotes, songs and stories that will take an audience through the history of music. The program will cover African Music, Negro Spirituals, the Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, Gospel Music, Boogie Woogie, Rhythm and Blues, Doo-Wop, Rock and Roll, Soul, Funk, Disco and Hip-Hop.
By listening to our history, we will see where our lives began. By listening to our history, we will see where our lives are going.
You can see Bob Mc Neil and Fred Simpson performing in this MCTV video last year : 1:24:27