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The African Roots of American Music

Artist: Curtis Blues

Type: Assemblies / Performances


Most people know how African-American blues music influenced modern rock, Hip Hop, and rap. But what are the influences that helped create blues from musical traditions in Africa?

Multi-instrumentalist Curtis Blues performs with fascinating instruments from Africa and North and South America to demonstrate how African musical history changed music all over the world. The performance traces musical history from African lutes through gourd banjos, brought over on slave ships, to the modern guitar styles of the blues and rap beats today.

This assembly program touches on many curriculum connections as well as celebrating the lives of specific African-Americans who changed musical history.

Sample Common Core Connection: Music Standard 1.0 Perceiving and Responding: Aesthetic Education: Students will demonstrate the ability to perceive, perform, and respond to music.


Audience Limit: 250 students

Program Length: 45 minutes

Appropriate for Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, All Grades


Assembly Price: $530

Assembly Back-to-Back Price: $730

Workshop Cost per Day: NA

Workshop Materials Fee: NA

Travel Fee: Mileage fee may apply.

Technical Requirements



Black History Month
Diversity Awareness Month
Music in our Schools Month
National Arts and Humanities Month
National Arts in Education Week

Curriculum Connections

21st Century Skills
American History
World History