Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Adam Turner Collage of Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra at Malcolm X Jazz/Arts Festival

Adam Turner photography and  collage, special to the Oakland Post News Group

The Black Arts Movement honors Amiri Baraka
By Aqueila M. Lewis

The Black Arts Movement (BAM) Poets Choir and Arkestra honored the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka with poetry, music, song and dance on Saturday, May 17, 2014 during the 14th Annual  Malcolm X Jazz Festival at San Antonio Park. It closed out the festival with a BAM!

The Black Arts Movement and Arkestra led by Marvin X, BAM founding member and close  friend of Baraka, included participants choreographer Linda Johnson who opened the show with a beautiful audience participatory dance with her former students; harpist and vocalist Destiny  Muhammad; violinist Tarika Lewis and student musicians; vocalist Mechelle LaChaux,  actress/poet Ayodele Nzinga; poets Genny Lim, ToReadah Mikell, Paradise Jah Love, Kalamu  Chache', Aries Jordan, actor Geoffery Grier, percussionist Tacuma King, drummer Val Serrant,  Zena Allen on the Kora, vocalist/guitarist Rasheedah Sabreen Shakir and Special Guests  saxophonist David Murray and poet Umar Bin Hasan~member of The Last Poets.

The late Amiri Baraka was the chief founder of the National Black Arts Movement (Black Arts/Black  Aesthetics) the Artistic branch of the Black Power movement of the 60’s and 70’s. He was a noted  dramatist, novelist, and poet and was one of the most respected and widely published African- American writers who spent most of his life fighting and advocating for African-Americans and  the oppressed.  

BAM has been seen as one of the most important movement  in American literature. It  inspired Black people and other ethic groups to establish their own publishing houses, magazines, journals and art  institutions. It led to the creation of African-American Studies programs within universities. Marvin X and The Black Arts Movement Poet Choir and Arkestra are creating a nationwide 27- City Tour to continue his legacy and that of all the cultural workers nationwide who made BAM a reality.

If you would like to invite Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra to your city, please contact Marvin X at 510-200-4164

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