Welcome to the March 2017 edition of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture.
We’re celebrating Women’s History Month by featuring two new albums by women who address racial oppression and resilience: Rhiannon Giddens’ Freedom Highway and Measha Brueggergosman’s Songs of Freedom. We’re also featuring Valerie June’s atmospheric new album The Order of Time, blues singer Thornetta Davis’ Honest Woman, and gospel legend CeCe Winans’ Let Them Fall In Love.
New reissues and compilations include When Colors Come Together…The Legacy of Harry Belafonte which celebrates the artist’s 90th birthday, and Now-Again’s re-release of Mark III’s Marvin Whoremonger. World music releases include the new deluxe edition of Strictly Roots by the reggae family group Morgan Heritage, and Build Music from Sierra Leone natives Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang.
Wrapping up this issue is our list of February 2016 Releases of Note.