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Black Rock: An Abridged History with Robert Shahid and Charles Robinson


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Black rock is our history, our music and our culture. 
This genre of music has its roots in the backwoods of southern culture  — the blues, gospel and country. 

Award-winning journalist, Charles Robinson, III joins Robert Shahid to discuss the significance of Black rock. 

While taking a stroll down memory lane, Charles and Robert reflect on and honor musicians who greatly contributed to the loud, fun and afro-futuristic sounds many of us know and love today. 

Black rock was and continues to be untamed.

 Click the audio to hear the discussion. 


Philadelphia native Robert E. Shahid grew up with a constant musical influence. His mother sang opera, his aunt composed and played piano, his grandfather sang in the famed Philadelphia Male Chorus, and his uncle was a legendary vibraphonist for Dave Brubeck, Lynn Hope, and Red Prysock. With those musical influences, Robert studied drums in high school and, after graduating from Florida A&M University, later founded The New Philadelphia Jazz Quintet.