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Say Brother; Percussions

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Say Brother
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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 explores the styles, techniques, and cultural implications of Latino music, in particular, that of Puerto Ricans in New York City. Program consists of two segments. The first is a special presentation of the film Percussion, Impresiones, y Realidad produced by Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos, CUNY, and Third World Newsreel (which features the commentary of Dr. Frank Bonilla, Director of the Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos, and footage of the Lexington Avenue Express music workshop, the 1975 Feria de Expresion Puertorriquena, and the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City). The second is an interview conducted by Melvin Moore with WGBH Radio producer Sixto Escobar, who comments on the film's content. Program includes a previously aired performance by "Orchestra Pabon," a Latin music band.



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Broadcast program

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Television broadcasting of films
Puerto Ricans--Music
Puerto Rican Day Parade - New York City (1975)
Escobar, Sixto
Percussion, Impresiones, y Realidad (Motion picture)
Music--Latin America
Orchestra Pabon (Musical group)
Race and Ethnicity
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Director)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Himes, Eric (Director Program Segment)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Vigneaux, Steve (Audio)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
MacKnight, John (Assistant Cameraman)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Percussions,” 12/04/1978, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Percussions.” 12/04/1978. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
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