Leroi Jones, Blues People 1963
The BOBM Festival is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!
We are artists with roots in the African Diaspora. Seeking to build community by developing a platform for folks to share their stories of how Black Music has inspired and shaped their lives. We believe that there is value and healing in our stories. What's your Black Music story? We'd love to hear it.
When you spend your dollars with us here at "Because of Black Music IAM." You are helping two Black Womyn Artists, Valerie Troutt and Audacious IAM create funding to build a home and create a workshop space for Black Womyn Creatives. to learn more, follow our journey on Instagram. @BecauseofBlackMusicIAM
Because of Black Music IAM, is a two-day music festival to be held at Geoffery's Inner Circle and Oakland’s New Black Cultural Zone at Eastmont Mall during Black Music Month on June 11th, and 12th.
Due to recent shifts in the music industry to center more marginalized artists, we believe that now is the moment to center conversations about how Black artists and communities have shaped the music industry. By studying the past we can build new music industry infrastructures and frameworks to create a more sustainable and beneficial future for Black artists and communities. These conversations must take place both within and outside Black communities to gain a clear understanding of how Black music art forms have been and are still being appropriated and who benefits from these appropriations. Because of Black Music IAM will bring Oakland’s Black community together to dream, envision, and work towards a non-misogynistic, anti-racist, and anti-homophobic music industry that centers belonging and where everyone can thrive.
The festival will include an Artist Brunch, a keynote address, live music, and refreshments, an Evening Concert premiering new compositions and an all-Black Music Panel discussing the impact of Black music hosted by Bosco of Hiiwav black music incubator, an all non-Black Music panel discussing presenting and honoring art forms derived from the African Diaspora, and an afternoon Skate Party featuring live music and poetry by Mooncandy Live House Ensemble.
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