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French Hip Hop Has A Political Edge

Posted December 7, 2017  /   By Clayton Pickard  /  0 Comments

The first hip-hop television show reportedly appeared in France. It was called “H.I.P.-H.O.P.”, aired by the TF1 channel and was hosted by “a guy named Sydney who also was the first Leader of “The Universal Zulu Nation of France.” A huge factor in the development of French hip-hop was the TV show “H.I.P H.O.P” which featured music videos and live performances from global rap artists (even Kurtis Blow passed through one time). The show even pre-dated Yo! MTV Raps, suggesting that mainstream French culture was more ready to accept hip-hop than America was at that time.”

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Fats Domino Rock and Roll Legend Got His Start at Club Desire

Fats Domino (1962)

Posted November 15, 2017  /   By David Grandison Jr  /  0 Comments

Learn more about “Fats” Domino an American pianist and singer-songwriter who was of the pioneers of rock and roll music.

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The Premier of Peroration 6 at the Future of Storytelling Festival


Posted October 16, 2017  /   By David Grandison Jr  /  0 Comments

The Music Origins project founder David Grandison Jr. attended the world premier of Peroration 6 at the Future of Storytelling Festival. Here is a video he shot using our app (Culture Doc on the DIYdoc platform) providing an overview of the exhibit. One of the most interesting music related exhibits was Peroration 6, a music experience …

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Kpop: It’s much more than just Gangnam Style

BTS-A popular Korean Pop Group

Posted October 4, 2017  /   By Clayton Pickard  /  0 Comments

K-pop is a music genre from South Korea, it includes all genres of “popular music” within South Korea. Learn a bit more about KPop and it’s most popular artists.

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Google partners with the Music Origins Project to Pioneer in Urban #VR and 360° Video Storytelling

Music Origins | Google Partnership

Posted September 20, 2017  /   By David Grandison Jr  /  0 Comments

The Music Origins Project has embraced the amazing and technologically advanced tools coming out of Google Labs from the beginning. For almost 10 years our site has been built on the Google Maps platform so we trust the stability and iterative evolution  Google technology offers. We have experienced the benefits of adopting most of Google’s advances in Geolocation, Street Views VR, …

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The Packard Plant Detroit’s Epicenter for Rave Culture in the 90’s

Posted September 15, 2017  /   By David Grandison Jr  /  0 Comments

The Packard Plant was an epicenter of the Detroit Rave scene in the 90’s. It is now an emblem of urban blight that Detroit later became know for.

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DIYdoc Launches the Music Origins Project App for Crowedsourced Filmmaking

Posted August 30, 2017  /   By David Grandison Jr  /  0 Comments

The Music Origins Project has partnered with DIYdoc to create a tool that will enable anyone to create short films on historic or emerging art forms using a app template called Culture Doc.

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Chuck Berry the Father of Rock and Roll got his start in St Louis

Posted March 19, 2017  /   By David Grandison Jr  /  0 Comments

Chuck Berry was born on October 18, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri, Chuck Berry’s earliest exposure to music was at school and church. He began producing hits in the 1950s, including 1958’s “Johnny B. Goode,” and had his first No. 1 hit in 1972 with “My Ding-a-Ling.” With his clever lyrics and distinctive sounds, Berry became one of the most influential figures in the history of rock music and the father of Rock and Roll. Chuck Berry died on March 18, 2017 at the age of 90.

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Mento- Jamaican music’s first export

Count Lasher Record Label

Posted January 18, 2017  /   By Liam Baum  /  0 Comments

Mento is considered to be the first authentic form of Jamaican made music, although its origins are the result of a combination of different cultures brought to the island by Slaves from the west coast of Africa by Spanish and British colonizers as early as the 1400s. They brought with them their music, one of the few things they could keep of their own identity in the new world where they had no freedoms.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture (#NMAAHC)

Posted October 1, 2016  /   By Andre Holmes  /  0 Comments

The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a Smithsonian Institution museum established in December 2003. The museum’s building, designed by David Adjaye, is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. It has close to 37,000 objects in its collection related to such subjects as music, community, family, the arts, religion, civil rights, slavery and segregation.

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