This week we’re celebrating Black Musicians in honour of Black History Month and the amazing contributions to various styles of music that hav been made.
Over the years there have been some incredibly influential songs, voices and lyrics crafted by many talented Black Artists. We’re going to briefly look at some of our favourites in this blog as well as pass some recommendations on at the end. You can find all of the following CDs pictured, in your LRC at University Centre, High Melton. We’ve included a few details for each artist
Artist: Howlin’ Wolf
Most Famous Song: Smokestack Lightnin’
Artist: Bob Marley
Most Famous Song: Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
Artist: Ella Fitzgerald
Most Famous Song: It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing
Artist: Miles Davis
Most Famous Song: So What
Artist: John Lee Hooker
Most Famous Song: Boom Boom
Artist: Billie Holiday
Most Famous Song: The Very Thought of You
Artist: Marvin Gaye
Most Famous Song: Let’s Get It On
Artist: Robert Johnson
Most Famous Song: Crossroad
Artists we recommend:
Kele, the lead singer of Bloc Party released a solo album called ‘Trick’ in 2014 which we highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Bloc Party. Kele has a unique voice which boasts incredible emotional depth and echoes throughout his Electro-Soul sound.
Leon Bridges has recently earned more favour after the release of his album ‘Coming Home’ in 2015. His latest album has won the hearts of many listeners as his gospel like sound accompanied by Leon’s soulful voice makes for a very enjoyable listen.
Corinne Bailey Rae is a household name these days and continues to release successful albums. Although you have probably heard of Corine already we thought we’d give her a mention so you can revisit some of her hits or have a gander at her new album. Corinne’s music is perfect if you’re missing the summer and want to relive that dreamy hot day feeling. Plus she’s from Leeds and we’re all for promoting Yorkshire pride! 🙂
Emeli Sande has recently released a new highly successful song which will be followed by an album later on this year. This will be her second album and yet this talented woman has achieved major success in such a short music career. If you haven’t heard her first album, ‘Our Version of Event’s’ then we recommend that you go listen right now!
1st August is officially Yorkshire Day where we celebrate all that is wonderful about our beautiful county and the talented people who live here. We take this opportunity to honour the work of many who have helped put Yorkshire on the cultural map.
Here at the Learning Resource Centre we are home to many pieces of amazing literature, music and film which have been written by, starred in and sung/played by talented Yorkshire men and women.
Some of the most famous of these Literary marvels are the Bronte Sisters. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte lived in Haworth and often explored the surrounding moorlands right outside their door for inspiration and escapism. For Emily this was to be a major influence on her writing as the setting for her most famous novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ was in fact on Yorkshire moors. Her striking tale of passion, love, hatred and anger set against this welcoming yet unforgiving landscape gave Emily no end of inspiration and is still a much loved piece to this day (Just ask our Library staff!). There have been many adaptations of the Bronte’s work through TV series, songs, plays and films showing everyone around the world just what these remarkable Yorkshire women are capable of!
Ted Hughes was a poet hailing from Yorkshire who is also another huge name in the literary world. We stock plenty of his work in the LRC’s and they are available for anyone to borrow! Ted Hughes was immensely influenced by the remarkable Yorkshire landscape and wildlife which he encountered in his youth. A truly fantastic writer whose work will never go overlooked and who has made such a massive impact on modern day poets and will continue to do so for years to come.
There is so much more to say about the awe-inspiring talents of Yorkshire which we haven’t even touched on here! This county is bursting with amazing musicians, actors and athletes as well as the skills of the unsung heroes we encounter everyday.
Our Yorkshire hero is none other than the fabulous Emily Bronte for her contribution to Literature and all the ways she has inspired us throughout our lives and for the generations that she will inspire in the future.
Tell us about your Yorkshire hero and what makes them special in your eyes.