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Kick Off Black History Month with a Funky Look at James Brown
February 1, 2019
Sound Field is a new original series that we guarantee will make you never listen to music the same way again. Hosts LA Buckner and Nahre Sol are accomplished musicians and music teachers exploring the music theory, production, history and culture behind our favorite songs and musical styles.
The first episode, "How James Brown Invented Funk," launched yesterday and begs the question - what makes James Brown’s music so funky? From Bobby Byrd to the Migos, they take you on a wild ride through musical history. They even make their own song influenced by the Godfather of Soul. Check it out the full episode below!
Instead of focusing on melodies, James Brown let the rhythmic pattern drive his singing.
His sound comes from the Black church and because of that he rarely made the pop charts. It was “too Black.”
You get to meet a James Brown impersonator … and he looks and sounds like the real thing!
We Want the Funk!
We expect more fascinating shows from Sound Field.
Aren't you excited to see more, too? Playing through music’s most loved melodies, Sound Field will offer a fresh perspective on some of today’s most popular titles and highlight the connection between multiple genres, including pop, classical, rap, jazz, electronic music, folk, country and indigenous sounds of America. You will see everything from Ariana Grande to Sarah McLachlan’s tear-jerker, “Angel.”
We also love the hosts - LA and Nahre. LA is a performing musician, teaching artist and producer from the Northside of Minneapolis. Nahre Sol is a pianist and composer who creates music with a unique blend of improvisation, traditional Western forms, jazz harmony and minimalism. The show works because, despite their very different backgrounds, they illuminate music’s universality and build a community for music lovers.
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