An Independence Day playlist by BMAJR
In acknowledgment that July 4 does not represent freedom for all, the New York-based DJ and member curates a playlist that invites everyone to ground themselves in examples of Black artistry and music
By BMAJR Saturday 4 July, 2020
On the contrary, I feel compelled to use this time to reflect and provide an invitation for everyone to ground themselves in examples of Black artistry and music that truly and accurately depicts the African-American experience throughout the years. Black music by nature is steeped in hope and optimism; it is truthful and our truth can sometimes be dark.
This playlist is a gamut of Black music that highlights a range of records that include the rich history of my hometown of Detroit, the Motown sound and the current hits of today. It was important for me to highlight Black excellence from artists like Bill Withers, whose “Lovely Day” features the longest recorded note in US top 40 history. I chose songs that capture Black beauty like Masego & FKJ’s “Tadow” and party classics that evoke nostalgia like T-pain’s “Buy U a Drank”. It was important to capture Black joy, pride and optimism. Most importantly, I wanted to capture Black truth.
I am constantly inspired to see so many people globally come together to rally against systemic oppression. I hope this musical playlist leaves you with optimism and hope for a better tomorrow, in unison, and in support of one another.'
Black music is love - love of self and others!
Listen to BMAJR's playlist here