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Maya Angelou

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1928– ) Black US writer, whose status as a national icon was confirmed by her reading one of her poems, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at President Clinton's inauguration in ...

Angelou, Maya

Angelou, Maya (4 Apr 1928)   Reference library

Josephine Wright

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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251 words

...held the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). Bibliography C. Tate , ed.: Black Women Writers At Work (New York, 1983) M.J. Lupton : Maya Angelou: a Critical Companion. Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers , ed. K.G. Klein (Westport, CT, 1998) T.M. Hawthorne : “Angelou, Maya,” Black Women in America , ed. D.C. Hine (New York, 2/2005) K.E. Clifton : Recent American Art Song: A Guide (Lanham, MD, 2008) Josephine...

Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson  

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(b. 26 August 1948), singer and songwriter.In the first decades of rock and roll, a cadre of remarkable songwriters created songs for the greatest voices in the industry. Among ...
Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman  

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(1945– )US soprano, who has won wide acclaim for both her operatic and concert performances.Born in Augusta, Georgia, she won a scholarship to Howard University, Washington d.c., to study music and ...
Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday  

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1915–1959)Black US jazz singer, often described as the greatest true jazz singer of all time.Born in Baltimore, she was called ‘Billie’ after a film star. Her father, Clarence Holiday (1900–37), ...
Angelou

Angelou   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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245 words

... This folk-orientated UK indie pop outfit was formed in 1997 by singer-songwriter Holly Lerski (b. London, England; ex-Nivens) and guitarist Jo Baker, with the duo taking the band’s name from the author Maya Angelou. Lerski and Baker debuted the same year on Boo Hewerdine ’s independent label Haven Records with the Hallelujah EP. Angelou gained some strong notices in the UK press, not least because of their excellent reading of the Leonard Cohen title track, performed in the style of the Jeff Buckley cover version. The album, Automiracles ,...

Holland, Dave - Dream Of The Elders

Holland, Dave - Dream Of The Elders   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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...are never any abrupt surprises in Holland’s writing. Rather, it’s as if a destination was called from the outset of each piece and the quartet is simply taking the scenic route to get there. The closing number, ‘Equality’, is sung by Cassandra Wilson and utilizes a poem by Maya Angelou-perfect choices on both counts. As always, the album is wonderfully recorded, with the wood tones of the bass and the marimba being especially warm and detailed. See also Dave Holland...

King (stage musical)

King (stage musical)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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398 words

...controversial civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jnr., had a book by Lonnie Elder III, music by Richard Blackford, and lyrics by Maya Angelou and Alistair Beaton. Just prior to the opening, Angelou left in a huff, and demanded that her name be removed from the credits, but that was refused, and although Elder is credited with the final libretto, the completed work was the product of many hands. Apparently, one of Angelou’s objections was that ‘it takes a black man to write about a black man and there hasn’t been a single black man in the writing of this...

Ashford And Simpson

Ashford And Simpson   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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...further assured in 1984 when ‘Solid’ became an international hit single. Although their commercial success had dried up by the end of the 80s, Ashford and Simpson, who were married in 1974, remain one of soul’s quintessential partnerships. In 1996 they collaborated with poet Maya Angelou on Been Found , and received The Founder’s Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ( ASCAP ). ALBUMS Gimme Something Real (Warners 1973) ٭ ٭ I Wanna Be Selfish (Warners 1974) ٭ ٭ ٭ Come As You Are (Warners 1976) ٭ ٭ So So Satisfied (Warners...

Banducci Enrico

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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385 words

...appeared there, in most instances before they were known to outsiders, included the Gateway Singers , the Kingston Trio , who recorded two albums at the club, the Limeliters , who also recorded there, Peter, Paul, And Mary , We Five , Stan Wilson and Glenn Yarbrough . Maya Angelou also appeared, lightly disguised as a Caribbean singer. In the mid-60s Tom Lehrer recorded That Was The Year That Was there. Another young singer who had an important step up at the club was Barbra Streisand , who appeared in 1963, sharing the bill with comedian Woody...

Apple Fiona

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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...her mother educated her in jazz standards. By the age of 11 she was writing her own songs, as a means of coping with self-imposed isolation caused by her shyness and lack of confidence about her appearance, and a rape ordeal at the age of 12. She found solace in the poetry of Maya Angelou, which she maintains to be her biggest influence. She took her first step on the road to international success when Clean Slate Records owner Andy Slater overheard her demo tape (recorded on a cheap tape recorder in her bedroom) at a Christmas party in 1993. He quickly signed...

Brown, Angela

Brown, Angela (1 Dec 1964)   Reference library

Beth McGinnis

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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...In 2005 she sang Cilla in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's world premiere of Margaret Garner by Richard Danielpour and Toni Morrison , and in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Symphony she premiered the song cycle “A Woman's Life,” which Danielpour wrote for her to texts by Maya Angelou. In addition to appearing regularly with orchestras throughout the United States, she has produced more intimate recordings such as Mosaic (Albany Records, 2004 ), which features African American spirituals with guitar and piano. Beth...

Danielpour, Richard

Danielpour, Richard (28 Jan 1956)   Reference library

Laurie Shulman

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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1,883 words

...vocal works display pristine, idiomatic writing. He has collaborated increasingly with living poets and authors. An emphasis on vocal works since 2000 reflects his growing sensitivity to the power of language in music. Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison were muses to him in the first decade of the 21st century. Angelou is represented by the song cycle Portraits ( 2001 ) and A Woman's Life ( 2007 ). The latter is a modern-day Frauenliebe und -leben but with a decided focus on the woman, and not in terms of her relationship with a man....

Calypso

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Hope Munro Smith

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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745 words

...the first million-selling album by a single artist in US history, and created a calypso craze that lasted for several years. Folk revival singers such as the Tarriers and Stan Wilson recorded calypsos, as did various cabaret artists including Josephine Premice , the poet Maya Angelou , the actor Robert Mitchum , and the Charmer (later known as Louis Farrakhan ). Meanwhile, a new generation of calypsonians led by the Mighty Sparrow ( Slinger Francisco ) and Lord Kitchener ( Aldwyn Roberts ) continued to reinvigorate music in Trinidad. Female calypsonians...

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