Necessary doses of pan-Africanism: Esperanza Spalding’s “Black Gold”

It’s not too late to take your vitamins. And this. Jazz bass player and bandleader Esperanza Spalding, who defeated Bieber nation last year, takes on school curriculum and Black History Month with the song “Black Gold,” the single from her album “Radio Music Society.” She gets some help from vocalist Algebra Blessett. We’ll forgive the little boy for going on about Africa has “86 countries.” A more pressing issue: Where can I get that book the dad is flipping through? And that’s your #MusicBreak.

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the founder and chief editor of Africa is a Country.


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