Motown to Release Album Commemorating 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre


“Hearth in Little Africa,” an album of authentic materials, written and recorded by a collective of Oklahoma hip-hop artists to commemorate the one centesimal anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, can be launched on Might 28 by Motown Data/Black Discussion board in partnership with Tulsa’s Bob Dylan Heart and Woody Guthrie Heart.

In accordance to the announcement, the 21-track album “will get to the reality of what occurred on Might 31 and June 1, 1921 when a white mob descended on the streets of Greenwood — then a affluent Tulsa neighborhood referred to as Black Wall Road — and burned down the enterprise district, destroying roughly 1,500 properties, killing a whole lot and leaving hundreds of Black Tulsans homeless. For years, this historic, albeit dire, chapter was not noted of school rooms and textbooks as the town tried to erase this a part of its previous.

“The artists heard on ‘Hearth in Little Africa’ get to the reality via pressing songs, recalling tales informed and tales lived in hope to usher in a brand new period for Tulsa as they assist the group course of this generational trauma via music,” it concludes.

Motown Data Chairman & CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam mentioned: “‘Hearth in Little Africa’ is a robust and well timed venture that gives a platform and outlet for the extremely proficient and thriving music group of Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’m honored and really feel privileged to have Motown Data/Black Discussion board accomplice with Dr. View, the Bob Dylan Heart and Guthrie Heart to launch this impactful hip-hop album.”

Stevie “Dr. View” Johnson, PhD, Supervisor, Schooling & Variety Outreach on the Woody Guthrie Heart | Bob Dylan Heart and the album’s government producer, added, “‘Hearth in Little Africa’ has developed right into a communal hip hop motion and we’re excited that we get to share the flavour, historical past and legacy of Black Wall Road with the world, in collaboration with the wonderful management of the Motown/Black Discussion board household. We’re grateful for Ethiopia’s foresight in offering us a chance to share our necessary tales with the world. There are Black Wall Streets throughout the diaspora and we unequivocally know that ‘Hearth in Little Africa’ will encourage many individuals. Within the phrases of Steph Simon, ‘every thing is us.’”

The album was recorded in Greenwood over a five-day interval in March 2020. Studios have been arrange on the Greenwood Cultural Heart and different places, together with the previous residence of KKK chief Tate Brady, who led the bloodbath. The home is now owned by former NFL first-round draft decide and Tulsa native Felix Jones. The album’s artists are pictured above in entrance of the home.

Positioned within the Tulsa Arts District, the Woody Guthrie Heart opened in 2013. The Bob Dylan Heart is predicted to open on the identical block throughout the subsequent 12 months. Each are tasks of the George Kaiser Household Basis, the first funder for Hearth in Little Africa. The album is chronicled in a documentary movie, which can be launched later this 12 months.


“Hearth in Little Africa” marks the primary new materials launched by Black Discussion board because the label’s relaunch earlier this 12 months.


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