A Tribute to Black Women Songwriters

SPIN Staff

Last night, the Black Rock Coalition and the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls teamed up at the Spiegeltent at the South Street Seaport for A Tribute to Black Women Songwriters, featuring over 35 female musicians performing classics from the last 75 years of rock and soul. Over the course of the evening, the audience was treated to a demonstration of how black female songwriters took rock music from its soul and jazz roots through the funk and R&B eras before moving on to punk and ska influences.

Among the highlights: Willie Mae Rock Camp's own Electric Blue, who started the night with Elizabeth Cotton's "Freight Train"; Nina Simone's soulful "Do I Move You," performed by Maritri Garrett and Morley; N'Dea Davenport of Brand New Heavies fame singing the Chaka Khan classic "You Got The Love"; and music director Tamar-kali, who brought the house down with Betty Davis' "They Say I'm Different." DAVID BARON

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