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Stevie Wonder, a musical genius and legendary performer


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Award-winning journalist and professor at Morgan State University Wayne Dawkins joins Master Class with Robert Shahid to celebrate the musical genius, Stevie Wonder.

Prof. Wayne Dawkins

Professor Dawkins and Shahid share unique perspectives on the legendary performer and discuss the fascinating history of Stevie Wonders’ music. 


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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.