The Music & Rhythms That Started A Cultural Revolution
In the 1920s, African-American literature, art, music, dance, and social commentary flourished in Harlem, in uptown New York City. This cultural movement, which redefined African-American expression, became known as the Harlem Renaissance. Music became the centerpiece that this movement was built around, launching as artistic awakening rather than a social revolt. Featuring commentary from historians and the performers themselves, this program traces the roots of the music of the Harlem Renaissance, its social impact on society and its eventual acceptance in mainstream culture. Classic performances from Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington Count Basie and Nat King Cole are featured as well as 30 minutes of performance extras.