The Day History was Made: Summer of Soul

Background:

The Concert in Concept:

Social: This iconic event was a chance to bring people together, forget about the burdens and just enjoy life. Summer of Soul brought people together as a family to take in the sweet sounds of music. Furthermore, coming together people sang, danced, and ate together. Also, this "picnic in the park" event brought together thousands of people.

Religion: Gospel music played a huge role in that time. It symbolized the happiness and love. Gospel was often stated as a medicine, "form of therapy", and uplifting for black families and just the black culture.

Musical: This concert had MANY influential and iconic that came to perform. For instance, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, B.B King, David Ruffin, Gladys Knight, The 5th Dimention, Sly and the Family Stone, and so many more. This concert was filled with amazing music that gave you chills with every performance, along with amazing energy from the performers. Music that brought great and happiness with every beat that was played.

Cultural: Summer of Soul was definitely a a cultural event that made black people come together and let them take their frustrations out. This event was specifically for black people come out and appreciate, love, and how special they are without any judgement or rules. The Summer of Soul concert built a safe place for the black community for them to enjoy themselves and have fun.

Social Economic: During the year of 69 black people facing racism all over and going through mistreatment and rough war. The Summer of Soul a.k.a the Black Woodstock, was the path for black people to forget those burdens and relax. A safe space for them to let go.

Highlight Performances

The 5th Dimension:
Onstage in Harlem, they’re wearing matching orange outfits (“creamsicle”-colored, ), with the three male members in matching red ties. This one of my favorite performances because I had never heard about them until this amazing performance. They had their own unique look and sound and I loved every bit of it.

Stevie Wonder:
I find it amazing that Stevie Wonder when he performed for this concert. He was filled with amazing loud energy, and just had the crowd on their feet jumping and dancing. A total electric performance.

Gladys Knight and The Pips:
They performed one their popular songs "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and it was so amazing seeing them perform it at the concert because I grew with that song in my household, and seeing them perform instantly took me back to the amazing times I had with my family. Such an iconic song and group!

My Overall Impression:

This concert is amazing! The music, the history and the emotions just makes the whole documentary watchable. This documentary weaves together remarkable musical performances, beautiful humanity, and amazing culture. This documentary illustrated that with just a little bit of music, people can have a good time and make the best out of it. This movie is a 10/10!

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