Label: CFG Multimedia
Duration: 48 mins
Movements: I. Africa; II. Ma’afa (The Middle Passage); III. Prisoners Of War; IV. Freedom|Reconstruction|KKK; V. Civil Rights; VI. Amerikkka; VII. Freedom Ain’t Free
Additional Personnel / Information
Dr. Mark Lomax, II: drums; Edwin Bayard: tenor saxophone; Dr. William Menefield: piano
Drawing inspiration from the book 'Blues People' (LeRoi Jones), Lomax has created a piece reflective of the Duboisian concept of double consciousness, at once simplistic and complex. Lomax’s ‘Blues People’ is a seven movement composition that draws from the familiar simplicity of Negro Spirituals (sacred Blues) and the complexity of free improvisation of the avant-garde jazz period to create a powerful musical narrative of the ongoing African American struggle for identity, power, and Human rights.