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BGS 5+5: Jon Muq
Black Voices
BGS 5+5: Jon MuqArtist: Jon Muq Hometown: Kampala, Uganda Latest Album: Flying Away If you didn’t work in music, what would you do instead? I would work in construction or be a lawyer or a therapist. If you were a color, what shade would you be – and why? I would be green…
BGS 5+5: Jon Muq
Black VoicesMay 1, 2024

BGS first had the opportunity to work with singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Kaia Kater all the way back in 2016. She appeared on our inaugural Shout & Shine showcase stage that year at the International Bluegrass Music Association's business conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was the first ever showcase celebrating diversity at the…

BGS 5+5: Jon Muq
Black VoicesApr 24, 2024

On March 29, Beyoncé rode sidesaddle onto the world stage and took us all by storm with the release of her eighth studio album, Cowboy Carter. Cowboy Carter arrived as the second installment of a three-act project that commenced with Renaissance in 2022. Renaissance incorporated house, disco, hyperpop, R&B, and funk while reclaiming the Black…

BGS 5+5: Jon Muq
Black VoicesApr 12, 2024

Sun Without the Heat is Leyla McCalla’s fifth solo album, but it is different from past efforts and she brings the listener through the transformative process with her. Produced by Maryam Qudus at Dockside Studio in Louisiana, McCalla dug into her personal history, primary sources from Amistad Research Center at Tulane University’s archives, world musical…

BGS 5+5: Jon Muq
Black VoicesApr 11, 2024

Originally from Greenville, Georgia, Jontavious Willis is a blues music phenom. When we talk about the blues, the phrase "torchbearer" comes up a lot when it comes to young, new blues artists. I think of that word as a double-edged sword. When you think of a torchbearer, you think about someone who's carrying on a…

BGS 5+5: Jon Muq
Black VoicesApr 3, 2024

Since her solo debut in 2014, Vari-Colored Songs: a Tribute to Langston Hughes, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, and thought leader Leyla McCalla has routinely and consistently expanded her own sonic universe. But these have not been gratuitous or ambitious artistic reinventions. Instead, the cellist and multi-instrumentalist intentionally and organically brings in new and exciting textures, influences, stories, cultural…

BGS 5+5: Jon Muq
BGS 5+5: Jon Muq