The “Great Black Music” Exhibition

greatblackmusic2Michael Jackson, Cesaria Evora, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Myriam Makeba, Oum Kalsoum… These American and African artists are now part of a common heritage, beyond the countries or communities they were born in .

This saga is not specifically American, African, Caribbean or European. It is all of these. Four hundred years of slavery lead to a huge explosion of creativity and freedom through music. These black musics shape global popular culture and transcend any nationalistic or ethnocentric conception. In the 1960s, a group of musicians , l’Art ensemble of Chicago, decided to name this tradition the “Great Black Music”.

The « Great Black Music » exhibition tells us the wonderful story that has survived the centuries and continents and continues to impress us from one generation to the next. The exhibition offers a sensory and immersive thematic route, which takes into account the geography and history through hundreds of sounds and audiovisual documents, films, etc.


The originality of this exhibition is that each visitor can get a smartguide with has an application developed specifically for the exhibition. It also comes with a stereo headset.
This device allows the visitor to interact with all the aspects of the exhibition and listen to the music in the best possible conditions. Throughout the tour, the visitor can save his musical choices through the application and create his own playlist.

More than 11 hours of audiovisual content awaits you for a truly musical and sensory immersion ! You will also find a collection of rare instruments from the Museum of music, games, dancing classes, an interactive jukebox and many other things!

The exbition takes place at La Cité de La Musique until August 24, 2014.

La Cité de La Musique
221  Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Exhibition : Tuesday to Thursday from 12h to 18h
Sundays from 10h to 18h
Friday and Saturday night until 22h