Sampling the Civil Rights Movement

Expose participants to sampling through culturally and historically significant music 

Part music history workshop and part sampling workshop – Participants learn about and discuss the cultural/historical significance of each song used while learning how to produce and perform an original song using samples. Teach your participants basic sampling skills, expose them to new styles/genres of music and help them build a foundation and appreciation for where modern music gets its roots. 

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How To…

  • Explore music samples using WhoSampled website or App
  • Import the tracks into a Studio Computer or iPad
  • Use interesting samples to build an original beat 
  • Encourage participants to create their own original lyrics that complement the spirit of the song
  • Post finished tracks to social media websites or host a showcase event 
  • Song Ideas:
    • “I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free)” – by Nina Simone
    • “Selma March” – by Grant Green
    • “We Shall Overcome” – by Larry Goldings
    • “Alabama” by John Coltrane
    • “Change Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
    • “Lift Every Voice And Sing”  – by Hank Crawford and Jimmy McGriff
    • “Oh Freedom!” by The Golden Gospel Singers
    • “People Get Ready” by The Impressions
    • “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday
    • “The Times They Are A Changin’“ by Bob Dylan
    • “We Shall Not Be Moved” by Mavis Staples

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