In 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared June to be Black Music Month. Rhino Records will expand its celebration of Black music during Black Music Month with a series of high-profile vinyl, CD, and digital releases throughout June and into July. The collection includes reissues of classics by some of the world’s greatest artists, including Charles Mingus, Curtis Mayfield, Milt Jackson & Ray Charles, Zapp & Roger, The Drifters, The Time, and previously unreleased music from Miles Davis and Roberta Flack.
Recognizing the cultural impact of Black music on over a century of artistry throughout popular culture, Rhino will build on this year’s Black History Month and RSD Drop campaigns that included artists such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Donny Hathaway, Lupe Fiasco, Nina Simone, The Notorious B.I.G., Me’shell N’degocello, and more.
These influential Black artists paved the musical highways for generations to come – leading to cultural, social and political revolutions that still ring true in 2021. In June and July, Rhino will celebrate these legendary artists who continue to influence and inspire today’s music.