These past few months have been rough, this past week in particular. What started off as just, oh, a global pandemic turned into a closer examination of fundamental problems in America as it pertains to race and basic human rights. With the death of George Floyd, Americans have taken a closer look at themselves, friends and family and broader society to reflect on if we have done all we are capable of doing to fix a glaring issue in this country.
In short, there is still a lot of work to be done. Despite this, it is encouraging to see the response from America as cities have been able to express their plight and frustrations by protesting, educating and communicating with each other about the problem at hand.
Naturally, there has been an outpouring of thoughts and responses to the events that have unfolded. Something however stuck out to me; while we are educating ourselves on black history, it is important to not only focus on the hardships and struggles, but to also familiarize ourselves with the successes and highlights blacks have achieved in American culture.
Personally, I have been greatly influenced by black culture. Whether it’s as a sports fan, through music, film and art, or another avenue, black culture is something that has had a profound impact on my life. With that, I decided to make a mix of dance music that features black vocals and production exclusively. I’m a fan of dance music and while the genre may be associated with white culture, its roots undeniably can be traced to black creators. As I mentioned earlier, there is still a lot of work to be done, but as we stand now, let’s take a moment to appreciate black art that has already been bestowed upon us. See below for complete tracklist and further reading.
- Alex Newell & DJ Cassidy with Nile Rodgers- Kill The Lights (Audien Remix) (Vocals by Alex Newell)
- Bakermat- Teach Me (MK Remix) (Vocals by Shirley Caesar)
- Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge- White Noise (Vocals by Aluna Francis) https://edm.com/news/aluna-instagram-letter-racist-experiences-in-music-industry
- Blackstreet ft Dr.Dre- No Diggity (Dunisco Giggety Mix)
- THANKS- Livin’ My Life (Vocal Sample from Jill Scott) https://www.papercitymag.com/culture/jill-scott-houston-concert-powerful-black-lives-message/
- Storm Queen- Look Right Thru (MK Dub III) (Vocal sample from Damon C. Scott)
- Mary J. Blige- Family Affair (Mederic Remix) https://time.com/4514969/mary-j-blige-hillary-clinton-411-full-video/
- Mr. Belt & Wezol- Homeless (Vocal sample from Crystal Waters)
- Mr. Belt & Wezol- Finally (Vocal sample from CeCe Peniston)
- Moreno Pezzolato- Pride (A Deeper Love) (Vocal sample from Aretha Franklin)
- MrCenzo, Vas Floyd- Free (Vas Floyd’s Freedom Mix) (sample from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)