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Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of "blue notes." It emerged in Black communities of the United States from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.

Friday Nite Videos | February 4, 2022

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Queen Bee | Taj Mahal, Ben Harper, Rosanne Cash

Get “rocked to your soul” with the “sweet” sounds of the blues classic, “Queen Bee,” by legendary musician, Taj Mahal. This Song Around The World version 20 musicians from six countries.

Friday Nite Videos | June 25, 2021

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Friday Nite Videos | March 12, 2021

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Closing In? Trump Caught on Tape Calling January 6 'Important Date'. Higher Ground 2020. W. Kamau Bell Talks Covid With Black Health Care Workers. Meet the Women Empowering QAnon. Why New Covid Variants Are Spreading Faster.

Higher Ground 2020 (Stevie Wonder) | Playing for Change

New version, with r&b vocalist Aloe Blacc, world-renowned percussionist Sheila E., blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland,  soul folk duo The War and Treaty, banjo greats Bela Fleck and Silkroad's Rhiannon Giddens, and pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph.

Friday Nite Videos | February 26, 2021

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AOC Explains Why the Green New Deal Is Necessary. Barre | Songhoy Blues. Capitol Rioter Turned in to the FBI by Ex-Girlfriend. Amazon Workers in Alabama Fight for a Union. Three Minutes to Mars: Perseverence Touches Down.

Barre | Songhoy Blues

Malian blues rock band Songhoy Blues performing "Barre," an original song from their latest album Optimisme, live outside in Bamako, Mali. Barre—meaning "change" in Songhai—calls on the youth to rise up and take action.

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