Sounds Of Blackness

Sounds Of Blackness is a Grammy-winning musical ensemble that celebrates the rich heritage and diversity of African American culture through various genres of music. The group was founded in 1971 by Gary Hines, who is still the director and producer of the ensemble. The group has performed with legends such as Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Aretha Franklin, and has recorded songs that address social issues such as racism, poverty, violence, and hope.

The group’s mission is to create music that uplifts, educates, and inspires people of all backgrounds and generations. The group’s repertoire ranges from gospel, soul, jazz, blues, and R&B to classical, rock, pop, and hip-hop. The group has also incorporated elements of African, Caribbean, Latin, and Asian music into their sound. The group’s name reflects their belief that blackness is not a color, but a state of mind that transcends race and nationality.

The group has released 10 albums and won three Grammy Awards for their work. Some of their most popular songs include “Optimistic”, “Testify”, “I Believe”, and “Hold On (Change Is Comin’)”. The group has also contributed to several movie soundtracks, such as “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride”, “Prince of Egypt”, and “The Hurricane”. The group has performed at prestigious venues such as the White House, Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, and the Kennedy Center.

The group is currently working on a new album that will feature collaborations with contemporary artists and producers. The group hopes to continue their legacy of creating music that celebrates the sounds of blackness and the spirit of humanity.

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