The February 2017 Issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture<https://aaamc.indiana.edu/>, is now available at www.blackgrooves.org<http://www.blackgrooves.org>
This month we're not only celebrating Black History Month, but also our 10th anniversary and 2000th post! Many thanks to our supporters - including our reviewers and readers as well as the artists, publicists, promoters and record labels who make Black Grooves possible.
Our feature projects coalesce around themes related to the Black American experience: Otis Taylor's Fantasizing About Being Black<http://blackgrooves.org/otis-taylor-fantasizing-about-being-black/>, Miles Mosley's debut album Uprising<http://blackgrooves.org/miles-mosley-uprising/> (with the West Coast Get Down), Noah Preminger's Meditations on Freedom<http://blackgrooves.org/noah-preminger-meditations-on-freedom/>, Atlanta rapper T.I.'s Us or Else: Letter to the System<http://blackgrooves.org/t-i-us-or-else-letter-to-the-system/>, Randy Weston's The African Nubian Suite<http://blackgrooves.org/randy-weston-african-rhythms-the-african-nubian-suite/>, Nate Smith's debut album KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere<http://blackgrooves.org/nate-smith-kinfolk-postcards-from-everywhere/>, and Afro-punk trio BLXPLTN's provocative New York Fascist Week<http://blackgrooves.org/blxpltn-new-york-fascist-week/>.
We're also featuring new releases from groups fronted by women, including Black Rose<http://blackgrooves.org/shirley-davis-and-the-silverbacks-black-rose/> by Shirley Davis & the Silverbacks, Southern Avenue's self-titled debut<http://blackgrooves.org/southern-avenue-southern-avenue/> on Stax, Meditations of a G<http://blackgrooves.org/chargaux-meditations-of-a-g/> by the violin-viola duo Chargaux, Long Live the Angels<http://blackgrooves.org/emeli-sande-long-live-the-angels/> by Scottish singer-songwriter Emile Sande, and Late Nights & Heartbreak<http://blackgrooves.org/hannah-williams-the-affirmations-late-nights-heartbreaks/> by British soul singer Hannah Williams & The Affirmations.
On a Valentine's Day theme, there's Nobody's Gonna Love You Better<http://blackgrooves.org/allan-harris-nobodys-gonna-love-you-better/> from jazz vocalist Allan Harris, and for Mardi Gras celebrations there's Viral<http://blackgrooves.org/jefferson-st-parade-band-viral/> by the Jefferson St. Parade Band and Lapeitah<http://blackgrooves.org/corey-henry-lapeitah/> from New Orleans funk musician Corey Henry.
Other new releases include Got Soul<http://blackgrooves.org/robert-randolph-the-family-band-got-soul/> by Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Hot Coffey in the D<http://blackgrooves.org/dennis-coffey-hot-coffey-in-the-d/> celebrating side projects of Funk Brother Dennis Coffey, Devil is Fine<http://blackgrooves.org/zeal-ardor-devil-is-fine/> by the black metal musician known as Zeal & Ardor, counterbalanced by the Miami Mass Choir Live at the Adrienne Arsht Center<http://blackgrooves.org/miami-mass-choir-live-at-the-adrienne-arsht-center/>.
Wrapping us this issue is the world music compilation Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988<http://blackgrooves.org/synthesize-the-soul-astro-atlantic-hypnotica-from-the-cape-verde-islands-1973-1988/>, a DVD of the Royal Shakespeare Company's recent production of Hamlet<http://blackgrooves.org/royal-shakespeare-companys-hamlet/> featuring a black cast and composer, and our compilation of January 2017 Releases of Note<http://blackgrooves.org/january-2017-releases-of-note/>.
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