Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

From antebellum work songs to modern hip hop, the structure and rhythm of music created by African Americans has influenced the culture at large, as a presentation of live music at Maricopa Public Library on Saturday demonstrated. Interspersed with narration and historic recordings, the Black History Month event included diverse guest artists of widely varying ages performing gospel, spirituals, jazz, blues, R&B and more to a spill-over crowd. Subtitled “Soul River,” the first African American History Musical Revue was presented by Copa City African American Historical and Cultural Society.



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