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African American Arts Institute hosts talk with IU ethnomusicology professor Portia Maultsby



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Singers of the IU Soul Revue rehearse in 2018 in the Neal-Marshall Grand Hall. Portia Maultsby, IU professor emerita of ethnomusicology, will discuss the history of the IU Soul Revue from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 via Zoom.  IDS file photo

Portia Maultsby, IU professor emerita of ethnomusicology, will discuss the history of the IU Soul Revue from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 via Zoom. 

Maultsby is the founding director of the IU Soul Revue, the U.S.’s first credit-bearing ensemble that specializes in Black popular music.

The IU Soul Revue, formed in 1971, is famous for delivering commanding performances in rhythm and blues, soul and funk. The ensemble consists of both vocalists and instrumentalists. A few notable alumni include Crystal Taliefero, a multi-instrumentalist who worked with Billy Joel, and Isaiah Sanders, a former keyboardist who worked with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.

Maultsby specializes in African American music with a focus on music globalization, religious and popular traditions, African cultural heritage and the music industry according to the African American Arts Institute website. Maultsby’s work in ethnomusicology is internationally recognized and her research has been published in several different journals worldwide.

The event is free and open to the public. A Zoom link can be found on the African American Arts Institute Website

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