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Art interprets music, ‘Blues People’ in Newark

Ron Scott | 7/18/2013, 3:16 p.m. | Updated on 7/18/2013, 3:16 p.m.
"The broken have been Chosen" by Mike McManus

Souleo and Jacqueline Orange, founder of ArtCrawl Harlem, met with each gallery, sharing the vision of the project. Since music is universal and the music and record labels of Chess, Stax, Motown, Philadelphia International and Def Jam were significant forerunners in Black music, the galleries were quite interested in the project.

“I think what also made the galleries so interested in this project is the fact that we have so many changes going on in our community as a result of gentrification, and that a project like this reminds us of our roots and bridges the gap between the past and now. These songs that we focus on about racism, economic disadvantages, gender issues and so forth are relevant today and exist in our community on a daily basis.”

The exhibit also has gallery talks. The final one honoring Def Jam’s “Fight the Power” takes place on July 20 at the Sol Studio 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Meanwhile, on July 19, Souleo will conduct a Q&A with vocalist Martha Wash, a former member of the Weather Girls known for such hits as “It’s Raining Men” (1982) and “Everybody Dance Now.” She will discuss overcoming life’s financial challenges and her various new ventures. (Wash filed suit against Black Box and C&C Music Factory for failing to give her due credit for her lead vocals on their albums.) She recently released her stunning new LP, her first in two decades, titled “Something Good.” The Q&A takes place at the Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, at 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public.

La Maison d’ Art has extended the Chess/Stax Records exhibit until Aug. 1 and Strivers Gallery’s Philadelphia International Records exhibit has been extended until Aug. 8. For more information, please email info@souleouniverse.com.

Poet, author, playwright and bandleader Amiri Baraka and his poet-wife, Amina, will present “Kimako’s Blues People” on July 20, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. at 808 S. 10th St. in Newark, N.J. It will be a night of jazz, spoken word and blues. Pianist D.D. Jackson will also be featured. He just returned from performing with the World Sax Quartet. The price for the evening is a mere $10.