Thursday, July 9, 2020

Randye Jones re-launches Afrocentric Sounds, the online radio station featuring classical music written and/or performed by the African diaspora

Afrocentric Sounds - Free Internet Radio - Live365

Author, researcher and soprano Randye Jones announces the re-launch of Afrocentric Sounds, the online radio station featuring classical music written and/or performed by the African diaspora.
Afrocentric Sounds has a pretty eclectic program of music, reflecting the influence of other music styles–Spirituals, Ragtime, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and other popular and folk music–on the creation and interpretation of classical music. The station also reflects the presence of Afrocentricity in Europe and the Americas. It is a place where performance of Beethoven or Bach resides comfortably with compositions by Joplin, Ellington, Bonds, etc. The station can be accessed directly from the link at or via the station's information page

Afrocentric Sounds Radio also offers daily programming for two hours of music especially focused on specific styles or instruments (all times listed are Central time):

  • Sundays, 9 a.m. until noon – Sacred Sounds: Celebrates sacred music from masses to spirituals
  • Sundays, 5 p.m. – New Sounds: Recordings recently added to Afrocentric Sounds Radio
  • Mondays, 5 p.m. – Spirituals Sounds: Negro spirituals for solo voice
  • Tuesdays, 5 p.m. – Secular Sounds: Art songs and other secular vocal music
  • Wednesdays, 5 p.m. – Piano Sounds: Piano music from yesterday and today
  • Thursdays, 5 p.m. – Orchestra Sounds: Orchestral music from yesterday and today
  • Fridays, 5 p.m. – Opera Sounds: Music from the world of opera
  • Saturdays, 5 p.m. – Chamber Sounds: Secular from solo instruments to chamber ensembles
The goal of Afrocentric Sounds Radio is to provide a broadcast venue for recordings that are currently underrepresented on mainstream classical radio in the hope that those hearing this glorious music for the first time will want to make it a part of that mainstream.
Afrocentric Sounds originally launched on November 1, 2009. Unfortunately, both it and its sister station, Afrocentric Voices Radio, were shelved in 2016. It’s taken four years, but the station has returned with its programming combining music from both stations into one: Afrocentric Sounds Radio.

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