Welcome to the October issue

Welcome to the October issue of Black Grooves. As a tie-in to our upcoming conference on the Roots of Techno: Black DJs & the Detroit Scene,” we’re devoting this issue to the Motor City. If you’re not familiar with techno, check out the two new documentaries, High Tech Soul: the Creation of Techno Music (specifically about Detroit techno) and Put the Needle on the Record (about house/electronica), along with a CD by Interstellar Fugitives (with Cornelius Harris) and an overview of the Women on Wax collective (with DJ Minx). To round out the Detroit scene, we’re also taking a look at an independent release by rap newcomer Brandon Hines, the posthumously released The Shining by rapper/producer J. Dilla, a bit of jazz from violinist Regina Carter, Blue by Diana Ross, and last but not least, the Complete Motown Singles and some rare Detroit soul. Also in this issue you’ll find gospel music by the Racy Brothers, a centennial tribute to Josephine Baker, the Smithsonian Folkways’ Classic African American Ballads, and string band music by the Carolina Chocolate Drops.