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Say Brother; Roots Music

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02/28/1974


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Roots Music
Program Number

318

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program focuses on three performers of "roots" (or blues) music, a community-based, Black art form originating in the United States. Host Topper Carew conducts a group interview with three blues musicians: Victoria Spivey (a New-York-City-based urban blues vocalist in the tradition of Bessie Smith), Larry Johnson (a New-York-City-based blues singer and acoustic guitarist), and John Jackson (a Virginia-based rural blues singer, who, like Leadbelly, accompanies himself on guitar). Program includes musical performances by each musician, including "Black Snake Blues" (Spivey), "Charlie Stone" (Johnson), "Key to the Highway" (Johnson), and "John Henry" (Jackson and Johnson). Interview segments revolve around the questions of how the musicians started playing, who their influences are, and African American musical traditions.

Duration

00:60:00

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
African American women
African American singers
Blues (Music)
Spivey, Victoria
Music--Performance
African American musicians
Jackson, John, 1924-2002
Johnson, Larry, 1938-
Blues musicians
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Topper Carew (Producer)
Contributors
Cross, June (Assistant To The Producer)
Davis, Tony (Assistant To The Producer)
Johnson, Henry (Filmmaker)
Carew, Topper (Host)
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Roots Music,” 02/28/1974, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FEC421AB245545D8AEB9F5BEB70CE381.
MLA: “Say Brother; Roots Music.” 02/28/1974. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FEC421AB245545D8AEB9F5BEB70CE381>.
APA: Say Brother; Roots Music. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FEC421AB245545D8AEB9F5BEB70CE381
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