Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X arrived on the music scene in December of 2018 with his country/hip-hop hit "Old Town Road." It stayed on the Billboard charts for 19 weeks straight and hit #1 on the Hot 100 on April 9, 2019. At the time Rolling Stone published their first article about him ("Desperado") in June of…
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Natalie Curtis Burlin and Angel De Cora

Natalie Curtis Burlin, a white ethnomusicologist and composer from New York, and Angel De Cora, a Ho-Chunk artist from Nebraska, were two educated women who lived at the same time period and had a shared interest in the lives of Native Americans. Curtis Burlin was interested in preserving the music of different tribes as it existed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. De Cora was interested in depicting Native Americans as a people whose outward appearance changed as they gradually became assimilated into white culture. In 1907, Curtis Burlin's book, The Indians' Book, which included many illustrations and lettering by De Cora, was published.
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World’s Peace Jubilee and International Music Festival

When you think of a multi-day music festival, what comes to mind? Woodstock? Coachella? Newport Folk Festival? One hundred and fifty years ago, Boston hosted a music festival that lasted for 18 days! The World's Peace Jubilee and International Musical Festival took place from June 17 through July 4, 1872, and was held in the Back Bay neighborhood in a Coliseum also known as the Peace Temple. It was created to honor the ending of the Franco-Prussian War.
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The Jubilee Singers

In 1866, the American Missionary Association (AMA) founded Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, to provide an education for freed enslaved Black people. In 1871, in order to raise money for the school, the White man who was the school's treasurer and music teacher formed a choral group of ten students to tour the northern United…
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The Hums of Pooh

  Many have rejoiced when they learned that the original Winnie the Pooh written by A. A. Milne and illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard, published in 1926, is now in the public domain. This book and its companion, The House at Pooh Corner, published in 1928, have long been popular with children. What is less…
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World Tango Day

December 11 marks International Tango Day in Argentina. It celebrates the dance and musical form. It is also the birth date of Carlos Gardel (December 11, 1890 - June 24, 1935), the French-Argentinian singer who was an international star as a musician and film actor in the early part of the 20th century. While he…
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