Juneteenth has become a day for African Americans to celebrate their freedom, culture, and achievements. It is a day for all Americans to celebrate African American history and rejoice in their freedom. It is the name for a holiday celebrating June 19, 1865, the day when Union soldiers arrived in Texas and spread the word that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Proclamation. News traveled so slowly in those days that Texas did not hear of Lincoln's Proclamation, which he gave on January 1, 1863, until more than two years after it was issued!
Jamaican-Nigerian classically trained pianist Nnenna Ogwo curates her annual Juneteenth celebration of all the musics that African-Americans make. From the works of contemporary classical composers to the sounds of jazz, blues and soul, she and her brilliant collaborators share an unforgettable evening of history, music, revelation and joy. This Juneteenth come celebrate as musicians become our story-tellers and our standard bearers for truth in art.
Since being a lead voice on the season 4 theme song of HBO’s "The Wire”, vocalist and composer Tariq Al-Sabir has been described as a "boundless talent” by Baltimore’s City Hall and the Baltimore Examiner dubbed him "a rising musical mastermind”. A conservatory trained musician with roots in gospel and soul music, he has been featured on Al Jazeera and at TEDxMidatlantic for his work that pushes the boundaries of classical music and sensitively fuses several genres. His experience ranges from jingle writing, musical theater and film scoring, and choral writing, to premiering a role in the world premier of the Smithsonian Commissioned opera “Qadar” and premiering the role of George Stinney Sr. in the Social Justice Opera, “Stinney”. He has been featured as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, D.C. Jazz Festival, Anacostia Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project. He has worked with artists such as Billy Ocean, Toshi Reagon, Meshell Ndegeocello, Andy Williams, Gladys Knight, Hilary Hahn, Sandi Patti, Rance Allen, and Maurette Brown Clark.