8/19/17 O7A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Mourner’s Bench- Talley Beatty Choreographer

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Talley Beatty choreographed and performed Mourner’s Bench in 1947. It represents the anguish and loss for former slaves, now free men, killed during the Reconstruction Era at the beginning of the rise of the Klu Klux Klan. Beatty explained to me, “People were murdered by the Klan and at daybreak their relatives would find their bodies in the fields still covered in the morning dew.”

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7/31/17 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Mills Brothers – Caravan

The Mills Brothers recorded the Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington exotic jazz composition Caravan a cappella making the instruments’ sounds with their voices. The Mills Brothers honored Duke Ellington with this swing version of his Caravan.

Mills Brothers – Caravan

The Mills Brothers, sometimes billed The Four Mills Brothers, and originally known as The Four Kings of Harmony, were an African-American jazz and pop vocal quartet who made more than 2,000 recordings that sold more than 50 million copies and garnered at least three dozen gold records. The Mills Brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.

2/10/17 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Mourner’s Bench- Talley Beatty Choreographer

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Talley Beatty choreographed and performed Mourner’s Bench in 1947. It represents the anguish and loss for former slaves, now free men, killed during the Reconstruction Era at the beginning of the rise of the Klu Klux Klan. Beatty explained to me, “People were murdered by the Klan and at daybreak their relatives would find their bodies in the fields still covered in the morning dew.”

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1/12/17 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Someday We’ll All Be Free- Take 6 and Lalah Hathaway and Bonus track: Donny Hathaway ( Rare Live version)


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Someday We’ll All Be Free performed by the Grammy Award winning all-male a cappella Take 6 and Lalah Hathaway. Her father Donny Hathaway originally  wrote and performed the song. O&A NYC has also include a rare live version performed by Donny Hathaway.  Continue reading

2/25/16 O&A NYC DANCE: Talley Beatty- Mourner’s Bench

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Talley Beatty choreographed and performed Mourner’s Bench in 1947. It represents the anguish and loss for former slaves, now free men, killed during the Reconstruction Era at the beginning of the rise of the Klu Klux Klan. Beatty explained to me, “People were murdered by the Klan and at daybreak their relatives would find their bodies in the fields still covered in the morning dew.” Continue reading