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Basic Black; Conversation and Performance With Imani Winds


ORIGINAL MASTER - Interview Program #3809 Program Title: A Conversation & Performance with Imani Winds Producer: Valerie Linson Broadcast Date: 1/11/07 Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
Conversation and Performance With Imani Winds
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

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mani means "faith" in Swahili, and for Imani Winds, a woodwind quintet of African American and Latino musicians, investing their faith in their abilities as instrumentalists of color has enabled them to expand the boundaries of classical music. On this edition of Basic Black, all five members of Imani Winds talk with guest host Howard Manly and perform several pieces from their self-titled third album, Imani Winds, released in 2006, and their Grammy-nominated second albu.m, The Classical Underground.

In describing their music The New York Times said, “Imani Winds spices up chamber music with global flavors.” The classical woodwind quintet was founded in 1997 and their CD, The Classical Underground, was nominated for a Grammy in 2005 for Best Crossover Classical Album. The group has quickly established itself in chamber music circles and with every performance crushes stereotypes about African Americans and classical music.



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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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