Music

BlackSpace and The Revenge of the Afronauts

By Isaiah Ball

October 22, 2018

  Located on 212 West Main Street is a unique recording studio. The “BlackSpace” is an Afro-futurism digital creation space home to Durham’s youth. This makerspace offers the youth a “wokeshop” series offering personal training in the digital and creative arts including videography, spoken word poetry, puppetry, coding, 3D printing and electronic music production. Kids, […]

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Go79Man getting noticed

By Tiara Bell Sanders

April 16, 2018

  The Chicago-born rapper who calls Durham home, “Go79man” (pronounced Goldman) Walter Gilmore is making big strides with his signature sound that steals the show every time he is on stage. When the crowd hears his raspy signature sound, they go wild. During his rap career, Gilmore started from the bottom like every other rapper […]

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Kidznotes wins a regional Emmy for “The Music Inside”

By Kelcie Frye

February 28, 2018

  Nick Malinowski is in the profession of changing lives through music. He never imagined that his job would land him on a stage in Nashville, accepting an Emmy Award on Kidznotes’ behalf. Malinowski, the executive director of the Kidznotes program, is a North Carolina native who has a passion for kids and accessible music […]

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Durham’s Professor Toon brings together NC artists at “Release Party”

By David Fee

December 4, 2017

There is no denying that North Carolina is on the come-up in terms of hip-hop, and Durham is in the heart of it. Baltimore-born, Durham-bred rapper Toon Rice, better known as Professor Toon, had his EP Release Party for his new project “Release,” Dec. 2, at Motorco Music Hall in Durham. “He’s a lively person […]

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Behind the music: the faces of Kidznotes

By Allison Tate

November 8, 2017

Over the years, the VOICE has told the stories of Kidznotes’ students and events. But, in looking back, there’s some stories that we haven’t shared yet. Since its start in 2010, Kidznotes has boasted influential and talented instructors and volunteers who have had a desire to make a difference through music. With that in mind, […]

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Pharoahe Monch reflects on PTSD, performs with PitchBlak Brass

By Gabby Bulgarelli

The day after his 45th birthday, Queens-based rapper Pharoahe Monch settled into his seat in the Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics. Monch is no stranger to Durham, his most recent visit being last spring when he performed at Art of Cool Fest. This time, however, his purpose was greater: a week in residence […]

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“Tell ’em that it’s human nature”

By Yizhou Jiang

October 18, 2017

On a clear and sunny Saturday afternoon, many Durham locals chose to join the second anniversary celebration of the LGBTQ Center of Durham. The event was held on the Rigsbee Avenue between Geer Street and Corporation Street in the form of a family-friendly block party free to the community. The LGBTQ Center of Durham, along […]

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Is Durham hip-hop in renaissance?

By Gabby Bulgarelli

October 4, 2017

With a highly successful Kickstarter Campaign, and sponsorship from companies like Toyota and Bull Durham Beer under its belt, Beats ’N’ Bars hit the ground running to produce something special in its second year. The festival took over the section of Main Street along Corcoran Avenue on Sept. 22-23, occupying the Pinhook, Parking Lot #20, […]

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Musical duo Meek Noise brings joy to senior center

By Avery Rodriguez

April 19, 2017

  For almost six years, Durham residents and close friends Noah Goyette, 40, and Sloan Meek, 29, have entertained seniors at the Durham Center for Senior Life. Meek and Goyette arrive every Tuesday and Friday at noon to play a variety of instruments for onlookers. “Noah jokes that we’ve outlasted three center directors and seen […]

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Drama director Wendell Tabb sets the stage for Hillside students

By Mckenna Lea

April 5, 2017

What is your dream job? Is it to be a world-renowned chef, actor or maybe the CEO of a Fortune 500 company? Wendell Tabb has been living his dream for the past 30 years helping others reach their full potential. As Hillside High School’s, Drama Director Tabb has cultivated a thriving theater program, helping the […]

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Poise and passion: celebrating black women in performance

By Catherine O'Neill

Ajua Arnette may only be 7 years old, but give her a microphone and a costume and she commands the stage. A first-grader at Sandy Ridge Elementary, Ajua was one of the many performers at Hayti Heritage Center in Durham for Wimmin@Work 2017—an afternoon of artistic performances in honor of “Wimmin’s History Month” celebrated on […]

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Church pianist uplifts congregation’s spirits

By Brian Shurney

March 1, 2017

Willis Brown playing an improvisational piece at Antioch Baptist Church. (Recording by Brian Shurney) At the age when most kids start going to school, Willis Brown was already on his way to becoming an accomplished organist. Brown is a musician and composer who has played in churches for all of his life. He’s most proficient […]

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Hillside hosts drumline competition

By Kaitlyn Knepp

April 16, 2014

Drumlines from across North Carolina competed in the 2014 Mike Tilley Drumline Competition at Hillside High School on March 22. The competition was held in honor of former Hillside band and drumline member Michael Tilley, who died in 2005 from suicide. Greensboro’s Grimsley High School took top honors, with T.W. Andrews High School and Warren […]

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