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Friday, March 13, 2009

Rock My Soul: The Black Legacy of Rock and Roll

On display at the St. Catharines Museum, St Catherines, Ontario until August will be Rock My Soul: The Black Legacy of Rock and Roll. This is a travelling exhibition and comes from a collaboration between the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Detroit-based Arts League of Michigan. The exhibition traces the Black roots of rock and roll and the ongoing influence of Black culture on popular music. Ten African American artists were invited to create works inspired by, and representing, nine genres of Black music: Juju (the music of West Africa); Jubilee (slavery work songs and spirituals); Juke (blues); Jive (jazz); Joyful Noise (gospel); Jump (rhythm and blues); Justified (soul); Jungle Boogie (funk); and Jam (hip-hop). On display is a wide range of media from oil and acrylic paintings to collage and mixed media. Aside from the pieces hanging on the walls, the exhibit also features a soundtrack of songs from the various genres playing in the background, as well as artifacts, including Fats Domino’s shoes, Ray Charles’ sunglasses, Aretha Franklin liner notes and a poster of an Ike and Tina Turner Revue with Boz Scaggs and A.B. Skhy. During the exhibition run at St Catherines, the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto will loan a pair of shoes worn by Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson.

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