The Current launches a new music stream, website and app on Thursday. Its Carbon is described as “dedicated to celebrating the depth, breadth and influence of black musical expression”.
Carbon Sound will include a range of genres including hip-hop, R&B, afrobeats, funk and electro.
“The mission and vision here are my passions. It shows the depth, breadth and beauty of black musical expression and shows how fundamental it is to the entire canon of musical expression in this country,” said Julian Green, chief content officer of Carbon Sound, in A press release.
Carbon Sound will launch at noon Thursday. It joins several other music streams from The streamincluding purple current — celebrating Prince’s musical legacy — and Tilt the cradleoffering music for children.
The Current, like MPR News, is part of Minnesota Public Radio.
The Carbon Sound stream will be available on carbonsound.fm; the application will be available in the Google Play and Apple App stores.
Sanni Brown, host of “The messageon The Current, will be the voice of Carbon Sound; “The Message” will also air on the new stream.
“What is most important to me is that we give back to the community – we are public media, we are here to give more than we receive,” Brown said in a press release. “I want Carbon Sound to feel what I feel when I step onto a barbecue that I’ve been invited to. I want it to be like this feeling of, ‘It’s safe here.’
Carbon Sound also has a community engagement specialist, Andre Griffin.
KMOJ General Manager Freddie Bell said the partnership “will help expand and elevate what we do on The Ice and beyond. Now listeners looking for a wider variety of black music in the Twin Cities will have a destination to find all these different programming sources.
Carbon Sound is funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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