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University of South Carolina professor leading program exploring Black music’s influence

The Columbia Museum of Art’s More Than Rhythm: A Black Music Series explores the vast influence of African American musicians and their music on the industry through eras.

The project shows appreciation for Black music influence and aims to inform others on the significance of that influence through musical numbers, conversations, workshops, interactive performances and film.


“We wanted to create a new series focused directly on the influences Black Americans have had on the music of the world for centuries, not only as participants but as innovators and trendsetters,” said Wilson Bame, the museum’s manager of engagement.