Wadada Leo Smith: Awakening Emmett Till (360˚ Video + Audio) | Jazz Night in America


When Emmett was killed, we were around the same age. You see, like, Mississippi represents such a huge idea about a river but also about a culture. But it’s a river that collects bodies, float them downstream, and the person that dumped them thought that it would be concealed, for a moment at least. And it floats back up. And so it kind of says something about the river that it actually conceals stuff but it also reveals that same something that it conceals. So in my piece, I imagine how he was killed, that he was beaten to death, and my piece about him is about how he looked at that age with the white hat on, and how beautiful he looked. The concept is that where life is, death is not. And where death is, life is not. I would like to wake up Emmett. Wake up from the slumber of what we call sleep.

11 thoughts on “Wadada Leo Smith: Awakening Emmett Till (360˚ Video + Audio) | Jazz Night in America

  1. Amazing! Until now, I felt 360 video was best left to Google maps. I see the possibilities! Fantastic performance and idea for a grueling subject matter.

  2. 风流梦,夜半歌声,两首名曲小明星一流唱功,后者无能,希望网上给之音者,因听。其望有听。

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