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Black History Month Spotlight: Bad Brains

For Black History Month, KEXP asked our specialty show DJs to pick an outstanding African American artist in their genre. Brian Foss, one of the hosts of Sonic Reducer on KEXP, chose iconic punk band Bad Brains. When Bad Brains hit the scene in 1977, they made waves in the DC hardcore scene, at firstRead more...

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Black History Month Spotlight: Roy Brown

For Black History Month, KEXP asked our specialty show DJs to pick an outstanding African American artist in their genre. Leon Berman, host of Shake the Shack on KEXP, chose Rockabilly artist Roy Brown. It’s often been noted that Elvis Presley was heavily influenced by “black music,” and one of those artists that led theRead more...

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Black History Month Spotlight: Gil Scott-Heron

For Black History Month, KEXP is giving a spotlight to some of the most outstanding African American artists in modern music history. Gerrit Feenstra, contributor to the KEXP blog, chose jazz musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron. There are few artists as prolific as Gil Scott-Heron. As a novelist, a social activist, and a jazz musician,Read more...

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Black History Month Spotlight: Linda Martell

For Black History Month, KEXP asked our specialty show DJs to pick an outstanding African American artist in their genre. DJ Greg Vandy, host of The Roadhouse on KEXP, chose country artist Linda Martell. Country artist Linda Martell was a pioneer: not only was she the first African-American woman to chart on the Billboard CountryRead more...

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Black History Month Spotlight: Ice Cube

For Black History Month, KEXP asked our specialty show DJs to pick an outstanding African American artist in their genre. Larry Mizell Jr., host of Street Sounds on KEXP, chose rap icon Ice Cube. A true Renaissance Man of Rap, Ice Cube is known not only for his groundbreaking work in hip hop, but alsoRead more...

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Black History Month Spotlight: Celia Cruz

For Black History Month, KEXP asked our specialty show DJs to pick an outstanding African American artist in their genre. DJ Chilly, host of El Sonido on KEXP, recommends the “Queen of Salsa,” Celia Cruz. Born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad in 1925, this Afro-Cuban superstar wisely wentRead more...

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