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Stevie Wonder, a musical genius and legendary performer

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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.

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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.