Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The 6 Music Black Power Soundscape - 6 Music Celebrates 50 Years Of Black Power

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 21st October 2018

Don Letts introduces a soundscape telling the story of the potent Black Power protest at the 1968 Olympics by 200m medallists Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

Including inspirational music from Marvin Gaye, James Carr, James Brown, Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, the Impressions, Mark Alexander, Solomon Burke, the Chambers Brothers, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Jimi Hendrix and Elaine Brown mixed with archive footage of the Olympic Games and the voices of Smith and Carlos telling their story and the repercussions of their brave act.

Don also brings the story up to the modern day with the thoughts of American football star Colin Kaepernick, who, since 2016, has led the ‘take a knee’ protests during the national anthem at American football games, in response to police brutality, continuing deprivation and discrimination.

This programme is part of the Black Power Season on 6 Music, 1Xtra and 5 Live, marking Black History Month and 50 years since Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their gloved fists in their potent and provocative Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

Marvin Gaye - Abraham, Martin & John [Tamla Motown]
James Carr - Freedom Train [Ace]
James Brown - Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud) [King]
The Soul Stirrers - Jesus, Wash Away My Burdens
Sam Cook & The Soul Stirrers - Farther Along
Queen Esther Marrow - Things Ain't Right [Content]
The Flames - Stand Up And Be Counted
The Impressions - We're A Winner [Island]
Mark Alexander - A Change Had Better Come
Solomon Burke - I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)
The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today [Milan]
Mahalia Jackson - The Lord's Prayer
Nina Simone - Revolution (Parts 1 & 2)
Bill Withers - Lean On Me [Solitaire Collection]
Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner [Atlantic]
Elaine Brown - Until We're Free

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