Since it's recognition by president Jimmy Carter in 1979, June has been known as Black Music Month . Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music and successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music.
This June, we celebrate the artists who are contributing to the advancement of black music.
Principal Double Bassist
ChiChi Nwanoku, born to a Nigerian father and Irish mother, is Principal Double Bassist and founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Endymion Ensemble. She is Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at The Royal Academy of Music, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 1998.
In addition to being a gifted musician, Chi-chi also worked as a broadcaster, presenting BBC Radio 3 Requests on Sundays for four years and was a member of the Jury for BBC 2’s Classical Star.