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The Sound of Blackness celebrates 50 years of musical activism

Abdi Isaaq


MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Three times Grammy Award-Winning Sound of Blackness, directed and produced by Gary Hines, celebrates its 50th Anniversary for its musical activism.

The Sound of Blackness is a group of performers who shows the audience the world of African-American music, culture and history. Since 1971, they have been creating award-winning African-American music and performing on five continents.

On May 23, 2021, they also performed on the Billboard Music Awards alongside Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Ann Nesby.

This year, the Sound of Blackness will celebrate its 50 years of musical activism with events and continuing to educate, inspire and unite people from different backgrounds through African American Music.

While celebrating its anniversary, the Sound of Blackness will also celebrate Black Music Month and Juneteenth. That said, the Sound of Blackness released a new single, “Time for Reparation” and an anniversary special edition Justice’ Package, along with “Sick & Tired”, “Black Lives Matter” and “Royalty”. Watch the lyric video premiere here: https://www.soundsofblackness.org/

On June 19, 2021, the Sound of Blackness will hold a commemoration of Juneteenth with an all-day-long event, ‘Celebrating Freedom’, from 5:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The activities will include:

  1. At dawn, there will be an official release date of “Time for Reparation” on your favorite radio stations.
  2. At 1 p.m., Rondo Reparations Commissions Juneteenth at the Minnesota State Capitol.
  3. At 3 p.m., there will be an Allianz Field, Ramsey County Juneteenth Vaccination event.
  4. Lastly, the Park Board Juneteenth Virtual Board Celebration will feature “Time for Reparations” and “Sick and Tired” music videos.

For more information regarding the Sound of Blackness, please visit https://www.soundsofblackness.org/home.

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