‘Soundtrack 63′ Commemorates New Orleans’ Exceptional Civil Rights History Through Music and Poetry

By Sameer Rao Jan 15, 2016

A series of New Orleans and New York artists and performers have masterminded a new performance, running this weekend, that pays homage to the city’s civil rights heroes. 

"Soundtrack ’63," originally presented in Brooklyn, is a music-meets-visuals multimedia performance that commemorates the legacy of civil rights and racial justice struggle. With the fourth installment in New Orleans, the performance examines NOLA-specific history and figures. Brooklyn-based duo Soul Science Lab team up with Junebug Productions, a New Orleans-based theatre company with roots in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and Black Arts Movement-affiliated Free Southern Theater, to create this iteration.

Featuring contributions from the likes of The Last Poets’ Abiodun Oyewele and local poet Sunni Patterson, as well as commentary from Dr. Cornel West and Sonia Sanchez, "Soundtrack ’63" combines a variety of music heritages and standards (jazz, soul, hip-hop and others) to repurpose and recreate the city’s sonic atmosphere during the Civil Rights Movement. The performance promises to deliver a compelling retrospective of The Crescent City’s central role in modern racial justice.

"Soundtrack ’63" runs from January 16-18 at New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Center. Check out video below from earlier performances in Brooklyn.