Tuesday, August 18, 2020
– Following the national conversation about race in the U.S., Black musicians and industry veterans will meet as part of Black Equity in Americana: A Conversation, discussing ways to accelerate racial equity in Americana on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern.
The live Zoom panel streaming on Facebook via the Americana Music Association's Facebook page will feature:
Adia Victoria - Gothic Blues Artist
Jason Galaz - Muddy Roots Music Festival Organizer
Kamara Thomas - Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller
Lilli Lewis - Artist, Louisiana Red Hot Records General Manager and Head of A&R
Rev. Sekou - Musician, Theologian, and Activist
The discussion will be moderated by freelance music journalist Marcus K. Dowling.
The panel is aimed at advocating for a more significant presence for Black artists and industry leaders as stakeholders more broadly represented in Americana's present and future. The panel will discuss methods for enacting systemic change bearing sustainable impact.
Adia Victoria is a poet, blues artist and southern folklorist from South Carolina. Her latest album, "Silences," was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner for Atlantic Records.
Jason Galaz is the host of boutique music festivals across the U.S. and Europe with focus on DIY ethos and independent music in between genres.
Kamara Thomas is a singer, songspeller, mythology fanatic, and multi-disciplinary storyteller based in Durham, N.C. She will release her new album "Tularosa: An American Dreamtime: in 2021. Thomas will play an encore performance of Country Standard Time's Black Music Matters Festival on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Lilli Lewis is the Chief Operating Officer for Marketing, Merchandising, Licensing and Distribution firm, SunRea Enterprises.
Rev. Sekou is the Interim Executive Director of Worker Interfaith Network in Memphis, focusing on supporting low-wage workers.