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WYEP celebrates Black History Month: The artists redefining roots music

This year’s idea for Black History Month came about near the end of 2021. We were compiling the best albums and songs for the year when I noticed a trend: many of the artists on our list were Black women, making music in genres like folk, Americana and country that have historically (seemingly) been dominated by white artists.

Inspired by music from Yola, Adia Victoria, Valerie June, Amythyst Kiah, Rhiannon Giddens, and many more, we’ve decided to share those artists’ experiences with you in their own words throughout February. We also want to give a nod of appreciation to the African American artists who formed the foundation of roots music, but whose ideas and contributions were appropriated. We hope you enjoy all the great songs and special features.

-Liz Felix, WYEP program director

We’ll also spotlight local Black artists and what it means to be a musician of color in Pittsburgh. Check out our interviews here:



Check back for more features throughout the month!