Interview: Dr. Cornel West & Afro-Cuban Jazz Musician Arturo O’Farrill Explore Music & Activism


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An interview by Desire Thompson for Vibe. Click on the link to the original post for a video.

Since the days of the Civil Rights movement, jazz music and activism share a bond that seeps through the spirit of those who march for social change. From John Coltrane’s support of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Kendrick Lamar’s call to action against police brutality, the bond has become stronger and overall a globally shared fellowship.

That bond has also inspired Grammy award-winning Latino composer Arturo O’Farrill to merge the words of social change by activist and philosopher Dr. Cornel West withThe Cornel West Concerto, a piece to be performed by O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at the legendary Apollo Theater on May 21.

The one-night-only event isn’t about matching music to Dr. West’s latest speeches in Chicago, New York and Baltimore, but unveiling the soulful connection of social change…

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