Black Grooves

Black Grooves (blackgrooves.org) is a music review site hosted by the Archives of African American Music & Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University. Most of the featured CDs, DVDs and books have been added to the AAAMC’s general collections.

Black Grooves promotes Black music by providing our readers with monthly updates on interesting new releases and quality reissues in all genres─including gospel, blues, jazz, funk, soul, R&B, world music, and hip-hop—as well as classical music composed or performed by Black artists. We feature reviews of some of the best new discs and DVDs, with an occasional book or news item thrown in for good measure. An extra effort is made to track down releases by indie, underground, foreign, and other small labels that don’t get covered in the mainstream media. Our primary focus is on African American music, but we’ll be happy to cover anything else that’s sent our way, from Afropop to reggae.

Black Grooves is targeted at students, scholars, librarians, collectors, and anyone else wanting to learn about the latest Black music releases. With that in mind, we'll include recordings that are of academic interest─such as historical reissues, boxed sets, label and genre overviews─and any other recordings that get us in the groove.

Black Grooves is edited by the staff of the AAAMC. Our reviewers include IU students, faculty, and folks connected to various non-profit and educational organizations. If you'd like to submit material for review, ask about becoming a reviewer, or forward comments to the AAAMC inbox, contact us.

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