Fela Aníkúlápó Kútì was a Nigerian musician, bandleader, composer, political activist, and Pan-Africanist who popularized Afrobeat. Learn the significance of his home, Kalakuta Republic, in Nigeria.
7 Gbemisola St Ikeja, Lagos
Maurice Malone opened the Hip-Hop Shop on the West side of Detroit on Seven Mile as a spot to sell his coveted jeans and leather clothing
15736 W Seven Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48235
The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH, United Kingdom
Learn about “Amapiano” which loosely translates to “the pianos” in Zulu and artists like Kabza De Small who pioneered the genre.
What is Amapiano And Where Did This Hot African Sound Come From?Live AMP, provided an early TV platform for Amapiano, and it is filmed at SABC1 Studios in Johannesburg
Cnr. Of Artillery & Henley Rr, Aukland Park, Johannesburg, Private Bag X1, Aukland Park 2006
The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF), the largest Black Film Festival in America, is happening in Los Angeles.
The Film God Said Give Em Drum Machines Premieres at Pan African Film and Arts Festival 2023Learn About the largest Black Film Festival in America
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008
Gorillaz performed their new single “Skinny Ape” live December 17 in New York and December 18 in London
The Ponce Art Museum offers music events like HAPPY ART to expose younger patrons to the visual arts.
Museo de Arte de Ponce is an Artistic Cultural Hub in Puerto RicoDJ's and music reinvigorate museum culture
2351 PR-163, Ponce, 00717, Puerto Rico
64th and King Drive, chicago, illinois
Afrofuturism’s artistic freedom, social impact and limitless sonic ideas are celebrated through jazz, funk, R&B, Afrobeat, hip-hop, electronic music in this Festival.
Afrofuturism: A Carnegie Hall Citywide Festival in New YorkVisit Carnegie Hall, a hub for musical expression in New York
199 W 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
397-5 YG Building, 5th Floor, Hapjeong-Dong, Mapo-Gu, Seoul, South Korea
Learn about how Pharoahe Monch and The band Th1rt3en shot a music video in the Andrew Freedman Home, a catalyst for the arts in the Bronx.
Wonderland Music Co. 13519 Michigan Ave, Dearborn Michigan
Spectacles Clothing Store and the Founder Zana are tastemakers in Detroit. Spectacles is a Detroit store selling eyewear, clothing, articles and books.
Spectacles: A Detroit Fashion and Music Enclave for over 30 yearsSpectacles Clothing Store and the Founder Zana are tastemakers in Detroit
231 East Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI, 48226
Learn about “The Rumble in the Jungle” pre-concert where Celia Cruz sang with the Fania All-Stars in Zaire, Africa.
Celia Cruz and The Fania All-Stars performed in Zaire, Africa in 1974Stade Tata Raphaël (Father Raphael Stadium)
Stade Tata Raphaël, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of The Congo
Check out The Future Is Now for the hottest live music and graffiti and art stream featuring Detroit Techno, House, Acid House, Breakbeat, Nu Jazz, and the hottest EDM by top New York DJs.
Broadway and Myrtle, Brooklyn, New York
Learn about Reggae and Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One, where he developed artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, The Skatalites, and Lee “Scratch” Perry. Laying the foundations of Jamaican music culture.
Studio One Was The Cradle of Reggae, Dancehall, Ska and Most Jamaican MusicLearn about the birthplaces of Dancehall Reggae music
Studio One Boulevard, Kingston, Jamaica
Soulection started in LA but they have become a source sharing the newest musical voices for GenZ and Millennials around the world.
Soulection: LA’s New Generation of DJs, Music Producers, & CuratorsLearn about the Soulection collective and how they have become musical curators and voices for GenZ and Millennials.
1212 N. Bellflower Blvd, #112 Long Beach, CA 90815
Learn about the pioneering punk-rock band Death a Detroit-based band that was formed in 1971, years before the first acts associated with the genre emerged or the genre reached popularity in the US.
One of the earliest clubs to play reggaeton in Puerto Rico, was the legendary club called The Noise.
The Noise Is Where Reggaeton Was Born In Puerto RicoThe Noise provided a stage for early reggaeton artists
203 Calle Tanca San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Learn more about who the “Kilby Girl” is, and about Kilby Court the iconic, Utah venue where this group of fans got their name.
The Kilby Girl: Utah’s Local Music PersonaLearn more about who the "Kilby Girl" is, and about Kilby Court the iconic, Utah venue where this group of fans got their name.
Kilby Court, 741 South Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Learn about the legendry New York club the Paradise Garage and the legacy of Larry Levan that became the genre of garage house music.
The Record Plant, Sausalito was the location of some of the most successful & popular recordings in music history.
2200 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
Robert Johnson and the Birth of the Delta BluesLearn about the life and times of Robert Johnson "King of the Delta Blues".
Little Zion Cemetery, Greenwood, MS 38930
27361 Gratiot Ave, Roseville, MI
Sacramento has pivoted to a growing city embracing investment, and community involvement in arts, entertainment, and hip-hop like never before.
Learn about E-mu Systems, the creators of the E-mu SP-1200 and pioneers in samplers, and the sample-based drum machines that revolutionized Hip-Hop, House and EDM.
1500 Green Hills Road, Suite 270, Scotts Valley, CA 95066-4945
Learn about Lo-Fi music in LA, its main characteristics, representatives and also places where you can experience Lo-Fi beats in LA.
3256 Cahuenga Blvd W, Los Angeles, CA 90068
315 Bowery, Manhattan NY
Native Tongues crew’s (Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest among others) early work in Calliope Studios started a hip-hop movement.
37th street and 8th avenue new york, new york 10018
Trent Rezners love affair with the Moog Synthesizer, started in the studio where he worked in Ohio. His timeless synth work stands the test of time through film scores like Watchmen and samples like “Old Town Road”.
2106 Payne Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114
Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor, a member of rap group A Tribe Called Quest, grew up on this street that was dedicated in his memory in Queens.
Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Phife Dawg’ Has a Queens Street Named in His HonorLearn about A Tribe Called Quest's musical legacy in Queens NY.
192nd St & Linden Blvd, Queens, NY
Few artists have influenced style, fashion and music like David Bowie did during his 50-years career explore, Hansa Studios, where he made his seminal hits.
Köthener Str. 38, 10963 Berlin, Germany
Graystone Ballroom is legendary in big band jazz and swing. It opened in1922 billed as “Detroit’s Million Dollar Ballroom”.
3764 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116
The final resting place of Avicii, once one of the biggest DJ, producer, and songwriters within the genre of electronic dance music.
Sockenvägen, 122 33 Stockholm, sweden
Beco das Garrafas Rua Duvivier 37 lojas J e K - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22020-020, Brazil
Musicland Studios was located in Munich, Germany was established by Italian record producer, songwriter Giorgio Moroder.
5 Arabellastraße Munich, Bavaria
Tin Pan Alley* is the name given to the collection of New York City music publishers and songwriters who dominated the popular music of the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Jookin is a part of the musical culture of Memphis. It started on the streets and on the wooden floors of the Crystal Palace Roller Rink in Memphis, Tennessee.
3364 S 3rd St, Memphis, Tennessee 38109
The influential “Brill Building Sound” and the style of popular songwriting and recording created by its writers and producers defined 60’s popular music.
1619 Broadway, ny, ny 10019
Learn more about Greene St. Recording Studios and it role in recording the golden years of NY hip hop in the 90’s
Learn more about the Bristol Sessions and how Bristol, Tennessee became known as the “Birthplace of Country Music”.
101 Country Music Way Bristol, VA 24201
Jimmie Rodgers, was known as the Singing Brakeman and also as America’s Blue Yodeler, was the first performer inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1700-1762 Jimmie Rogers Memorial Dr, Meridian, MS 39307
Gold Star Recording Studios was a trailblazing studio that changed the course of modern music through technology and hosting pioneering producers.
6252 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038
On Saturday, November 19th, 2016, the corner of 192nd St and Linden Blvd in St. Albans, Queens, NY was dedicated as Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Way in memory of the member of rap group A Tribe Called Quest who died in March of 2016 as a result of complications from diabetes. Shortly after his passing a small group of men took it upon themselves to dedicate a mural and a street they loved and immortalized in song, in his honor.
Tribe Called Quest’s Get a Mural in Queens And A Street Named in Honor of Phife Dawg after his Passing
192nd St and Linden Blvd in St. Albans, Queens, NY
J Dilla was born in Detroit and lived his first few years in this building where his uncle Hermans’s donut shop, Dilla’s Delights, is now located.
242 John R Street, Detroit, Michigan, 48226
In Summer 2012, a street was dedicated to J Dilla. It is called “Allée Jay Dee”. and it is located in the city of Montpellier, France.
Rue Ray Charles Montpellier, Occitanie
The origins of Samba schools began in the neighborhood of Estacio in Rio De Janeiro, which is regarded as the “Cradle of Samba”.
195 Av. Salvador de Sá Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro
Detroit’s historical and utopian Garwood Mansion was a homebase and creative haven during the mid 70’s.
GarWood Mansion – A 60’s Counterculture Hub and Musical RefugeGrayhaven Island, The end of Keelson Dr. Detroit, Michigan
Grayhaven island, Detroit, Michigan
The Warehouse (or the “House”) was a nightclub established in Chicago, Illinois it is most famous for being what many consider to be the birthplace “house music” under its first musical director, DJ Frankie Knuckles.
206 South Jefferson Street Chicago, IL 60661
19346 Sorrento St. Detroit, Michigan
17126 Livernois Ave. Detroit, Michigan
Madonna lived with her parents and seven siblings in this four-bed, two-bath house till she moved out at 18 to attend the University of Michigan.
2036 Oklahoma Ave. Rochester Hills, Michigan
Levi Stubbs was the lead vocalist of the legendary musical Motown group The Four Tops. The Detroit-based quartet also included Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Lawrence Payton and Abdul “Duke” Fakir.
18512 Santa Barbara, Detroit, Michigan
When it opened in 1910 the Howard Theatre it was known as “the largest colored theatre in the world.” After falling to disarray it was restored and reopened in 2012.
620 T Street Washington, DC 20001
State of The Union bar was a lounge and live performance venue in North West DC, on the historic “U Street Corridor”.
1357 U Street NW Washington DC, DC 20009
J Dilla aka Jay Dee crafted his style from about 1992 to 1997 in a basement in Detroit. His studio gave birth to a revolutionary approach to hip-hop production.
J Dilla’s Basement is where Slum Village, Pete Rock, D’Angelo, Jazzy Jeff and Erykah Badu Crafted Their Styles
3103 East Nevada Street, Detroit, Michigan
92 W. Ferry St. Detroit, Michigan
5021 Tireman St. Detroit, Michigan
Iggy Pop and his band the Stooges got started in this home. It was a hot spot in the local Ann Arbor music scene.
1324 Forest Court Ann Arbor, Michigan
1510 Hill St. Ann Arbor, Michigan
Creem Magazine, America’s only rock ‘n’ roll magazine, was founded in 1969 by Wayne State student Barry Kramer and Brit Tony Reray in a defeated building in Detroit’s Cass Corridor.
3729 Cass Ave. Detroit, Michigan
July 12, 1979 when radio personality Steve Dahl staged a Disco Demolition Night at the Old Comiskey Park in Chicago
324 West 35th Street Chicago, Illinois
The Watts Club Mozambique was established in 1969 by Detroiter Cornelius Watts to showcase local talent.
8406 Fenkell St Detroit, Michigan 48238
Rudy Van Gelder’s Studio is a location where practically every major jazz musician of the 1950s and 1960s was recorded. Rudy Van Gelder was considered the greatest recording engineer of all time.
445 Sylvan Ave, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
7649 Oakland St. Detroit, Michigan
Open since 1926 Bohemian Caverns is a jazz venue that is A key historic landmark in the “U Street Corridor” in DC. It is considered one of the nations oldest, jazz clubs in the world.
2001 Eleventh Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001
870 W. McNichols Rd. Detroit, Michigan
The Graystone became Detroit’s “cradle of jazz,” and many greats including Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Guy Lombardo took the stage here and became nationally renowned while playing at the Graystone
4237 WOODWARD AVE. DETROIT, michigan
Metroplex, the brainchild of the Godfather of Techno, Juan Atkins was founded in 1985 and Transmat, founded by Derrick May in 1986, on an intersection they called Techno Boulevard.
1492 Riopelle Street, Detroit Michigan
Founded in 1987 by Kevin Saunderson, KMS Records is one of the most important Techno labels created in Detroit before 1990.
2211 Riopelle, Detroit Michigan
Hip hop is a form of musical expression and artistic culture that originated in African-American and Latino communities during the 1970s in New York City, specifically the Bronx. DJ Afrika Bambaataa outlined the four pillars of hip hop culture: MCing, DJing, breaking and graffiti writing. Other elements include beatboxing. Since its emergence from the South Bronx, hip hop culture has spread around the world. Hip hop music first emerged with disc jockeys creating rhythmic beats by looping breaks (small portions of songs emphasizing a percussive pattern) on two turntables, more commonly referred to as sampling. This was later accompanied by “rap”, a rhythmic style of chanting or poetry presented in 16 bar measures or time frames, and beatboxing, a vocal technique mainly used to imitate percussive elements of the music and various technical effects of hip-hop DJ’s. An original form of dancing and particular styles of dress arose among fans of this new music. These elements experienced considerable refinement and development over the course of the history of the culture. Hip hop originated, by most accounts, in the late 60s with Clive Campbell, also known as DJ Kool Herc. In fact, Herc is the person that brought the first hip-hop music to the Bronx […]
1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, New York
Archer Record Pressing, is one of 12 record pressing plants left in the US. It is the plant where most of the classic Detroit Techno vinyl records were pressed.
7401 East Davison Street Detroit, MI 48212-1912
The Music Institute was Detroit’s answer to such legendary house and garage clubs as New York’s Paradise Garage and Chicago’s Powerplant.
Music Institute – The Prototype Club For The Detroit Techno SceneThe club that was an incubator for the Detroit Techno sound
1315 Broadway Detroit, Michigan
Explore the building featuring labels, record stores and a museum where historic techno relics are showcased and the HQ of the collective Underground Resistance.
Submerge Records and Exhibit 3000- A Monument to Detroit Techno GiantsSubmerge Records the home of Underground Resistance
3000 East Grand Blvd Detroit, MI 48202-3134
Santurce’s famous market – La Placita – has been the hub of San Juan’s nightlife and salsa scene for many years. The historic market plaza and its surrounding streets host what becomes a street party and jam session
154 Calle dos Hermanos, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico
Salsa music is a genre of music, generally defined as a modern style of playing Cuban Son, Son Montuno, and Guaracha with touches from other genres of music. We highlight one of the oldest Theatres in the Carribean, Teatro La Perla. Teatro La Perla is a historic concert venue in the city of Ponce Puerto Rico.
Calle Mayor Cantera and Calle Cristina, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 00730
The Cheetah Club is widely credited as the birthplace of Salsa music and it was the epicenter for this art form’s rise to popularity and the use of the term “Salsa”.
Broadway and 53rd Street, ny, ny
Salsa music is a genre of music, generally defined as a modern style of playing Cuban Son, Son Montuno, and Guaracha with touches from other genres of music. We highlight Robrto Clemente Col is a historic concert venue in the city of Ponce Puerto Rico.
Roberto Clemente Coliseum, Avenida Franklin Delano Roosevelt, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Trap music is a music genre that originated in the early 1990s in the Southern United States. It is typified by its aggressive lyrical content and hip hop instrumental sound.
What is Trap Music and Where Did It Come From?11th Street Studios was an originator of the Trap Sound
699 11th Street NW. Atlanta, Georgia 30318
The Detroit Sound Project Team, traveled with Derrick May to WIRE 12 event at Yokohama Arena in Tokyo, Japan (Fall 2012)
3-10 Shinyokohama Kohoku Ward Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 222-0033
Grime was created in London by kids who became MCs and DJs but pirate radio stations like Rinse FM were the early incubators that spread the Grime sound across the UK.
The Old Truman Brewery Brick Lane London E1 6QL
Highlife is a music genre that originated in Ghana at the turn of the 20th century and incorporated the traditional harmonic 9th, as well as melodic and the main rhythmic structures in traditional Akan music, and married them with Western instruments and ideas.
South Liberia Road Accra 12345 Ghana
The Packard Plant was designed by Albert Kahn. It was a automotive manufacturing center from 1903 to 1962. While the parties migrated week to week in the 90’s, the infamous Packard Plant, a long abandoned auto factory that in recent years became the primary party space monument to urban decay and the illegal underground party scene.
1580 E. Grand Blvd Detroit, Michigan 48211
the Motown Museum was the home of Motown Records’ which was founded by Berry Gordy, in 1959 in Detroit. The small flat where he lived and worked is now called Hitsville U.S.A., and is home to an extensive array of Motown artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia.
2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208
Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (Electric Roots Film Shoot Recap)The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
BREAKWATER PARKING GARAG, Cape Town, South Africa