I’ve taught music professionally for the past 15 years at each the college and grade faculty levels. Through the years, alongside with his personal releases and busy producing schedule, George has acted as musical director for numerous artists and tv specials, including the Soul Train Music Awards (nine years), NBC’s Sunday Night Showand Anita Baker (Duke took Anita and a 14-piece band to Washington D.C. to carry out at the Kennedy Center for The Democratic National Committee).
He can rollercoaster by topics starting from the lack of arts education for children to his personal artwork school days, from his multicultural upbringing to the range of the musical schooling acquired on the road with the legendary Miles Davis, and from the exceptional musicians and vocalists he is been blessed” to play alongside to the incredible 30 years of music he and his bandmates have supplied.
The bottom line is the ‘music biz’ is and has been for 10+ years ‘high down’ and there is little to no incentive to pursue music as a real profession (musician) and no incentive for investors to mortgage $$$ to promising bands/tasks (no return) I actually have mates who were good A&R reps and when the labels downsized they have been ‘let go’ and now there isn’t any artist improvement and no ears to herald actual talent.
Oyewole reflects: Because Gil is the one fashionable guy who did poetry and sang – he received that space and he mastered it and I was very, very proud of what he did.” Although original individuals have been breathing over rhythmic drum beats since time immemorial, the socio-political messages depicting urban pain throughout Amerikkka’s Black Power period laid down the groundwork for Hip-Hop music.