Music frames black history

bk davis on stage

Fats Domino was once quoted as saying that before there was the first era of rock’n’roll, black people were in New Orleans rocking. For Salem composer BK Davis, there is no better way to trace black history than though  black music. “All American music stems from basically slave music and early rock’n’roll,” he said. “You can still find traces of it in today’s rap music.” On Saturday, in honor of Black History Month, the BK Davis Singers will perform gosel, jazz and pop in a Black History Celebration, sponsored by Pauline Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. The program, which … [Read more...]

Performers Note Black History

BK Davis Black History

The gospel and jazz music at a Black History Month celebration Saturday afternoon drew more than quiet toe-tapping from the audience. Many clapped their hands and shouted encouragement to a trio of musicians and the Pauline Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church choir, performing in the Salem City Council chambers. “You know, we’re not at a funeral this afternoon,” the Rev. Nellie B. Thompson told the 50-member audience. She is copaster or the Salem church, whic sponsored the celebration. “If you’ve never heard music from the South, you’re hearing it now. “They’re only putting into it what … [Read more...]