What is American music? The answer may surprise you. A new documentary from Kansas City PBS, AMERI’KANA: A Music Conversation, explores the rich history of American music across generations and genres in Memphis, Tennessee. The film examines how music lit the fuse of the civil rights movement, putting sound at the center of the struggle. Learn more and stream the film here.
Showcasing and celebrating the diversity within our collective history, AMERI’KANA delves into how artists of different backgrounds, ethnicities, languages and cultures — and their own unique sounds — have shaped American music and what it means to be an American musician past and present.Produced and hosted by the band Making Movies — Enrique Chi, Diego Chi, Juan-Carlos Chaurand and Duncan Burnett — Ameri’kana features appearances by Los Lobos, Flor De Toloache, Terrance and Marcella Simien, Cedric Burnside, The Sensational Barnes Brothers & Deborah Barnes, Martha Gonzalez, Boo Mitchell and Reverend Charles Hodges.