Interview Transcript of Black Music Matters and The Black Messiah Album
Photo of Adrian Dunn, Leah Gipson and Marisol Norris


The Black Messiah Album
Adrian Dunn
The Adrian Dunn Singers
Black Music Matters

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Dunn, A., Gipson, L., & Norris, M. (2021). Interview Transcript of Black Music Matters and The Black Messiah Album. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 21(1).


In an audio interview, Adrian Dunn, discusses his album, The Black Messiah, with Leah Gipson and Marisol Norris. As a commentary on religious life in the U.S., the music was initially performed the year that Donald Trump was elected president in resistance to dominant, white Christian nationalism and hate speech. Dunn sought to preserve this history in an album. Dunn explains that The Black Messiah affirms Black liberation and justice, and situates responsibility with all persons as the work of a shared humanity. The discussion reflects on American musical traditions, narratives, Black spirituality, and an integral relationship between music and freedom.

Copyright (c) 2021 Adrian Dunn, Leah Ra'chel Gipson, Marisol Norris

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