ShowDiasporic Music
Broadcast TitleRewind - Remember Black August, Part 2 | A Tribute to Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln)
Broadcast Date2015-08-09
Record Date2010-08-29
SummaryOriginally aired on 2010-08-22. August is Black August: Remember Black August Part 2 & A Tribute to Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln) This episode of Diasporic Music pays tribute to Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln) and continues our commemoration of Black August. Lincoln and her former husband drummer Max Roach played a major role in promoting African Liberation. Their album, We Insist: The Freedom Now Suite had a profound impact. It was banned in South Africa in 1964, along with music by Randy Weston and Lena Horne. The couple's music also influenced a whole generation of Black revolutionaries. Muhammad Ahmad (Maxwell Stanford Jr.) pointed out in his volume, We Will Return In The Whirlwind: Black Radical Organizations 1960-1975, "the Freedom Now Suite immediately raised my political / cultural consciousness." As a journalist Kiilu Nyasha knew George Jackson personally. Nyasha pointed out that when Jackson was assassinated on August 21, 1971 the officials found 99 books in his cell. He was a student of revolution and the history of the world. She is a San Francisco-based journalist and former member of the Black Panther Party (BPP). We talk with Kumasi and Shaka At Thinnin, who were both locked down with Comrade George Jackson. The Los Angeles-based Kumasi and the Oakland-based Shaka are part of the Black August Organizing Committee. Also, joining in the discussion will be the Washington D.C.-based, Naji Mujahid of the Black August Planning Organization. Kiilu Nyasha pointed out, "Primarily, August is the month we recall the great loss exacted upon our Black revolutionary movement with the assassination of George Jackson and his younger brother, the teen-aged Jonathan Jackson. Jonathan was martyred [in 1970] when he led the August 7th rebellion; George was martyred a year later, August 21." The music of Aminata Moseka, Max Roach, G.C. Cameron, The Spinners, Syretta Wright (Muhammad), The Mighty Sparrow, Frank Morgan, and Sweet Honey in The Rock. Mumia Abu-Jamal commentaries will deal with Dr. Laura, Aminata Moseka and George Jackson. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.