Everyone knows the Elvis story, but what’s less known is the story of the Black women singers and musicians who forged the way.
Schooled in music through church, he was driven by a fierce sense of belonging to Lesotho where he was born, and neighbouring South Africa.
For over 50 years Tshola was loved by audiences around the world for his rich baritone voice, which he used to inspire and to speak political truths.
Jesus is King has polarised discussion. But this genuinely contemporary album will challenge the traditional concept of African American gospel while influencing its shape for years to come.
When record executives tried to mold Franklin’s sound to their liking, her career sputtered. Then legendary producer Jerry Wexler came along. His approach? Stay out of her way.
Franklin, who has died aged 76 in Detroit, was a church girl first and foremost. She was the master of the gospel form.
For the enslaved Africans, music – rhythm in particular – became a tool of communication about their conditions. Later, it laid the foundation for spirituals and gospel songs.
Preachers played a key role in shaping gospel music.