Etienne Charles: NAACP Image Award

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Thursday January 25, 2018

From Trindad and Tobego: Newsday

Charles work wins NAACP award
By: Newsday

A jazz album co-produced by TT-born musician, composer and producer Etienne Charles has won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album. The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of colour in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honours individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavours.

Charles was an associate producer on Somi Kakoma’s Petite Afrique (Sony Music/OKeh). Speaking about working with Charles, Somi said she wanted the legacy of jazz on the album, since it was about Harlem. ‘Etienne has a more straight-ahead approach to jazz, but he also really privileges so much of the Afro-Caribbean heritage and really has an understanding of the diasporic expression of ourselves and black people of the world,’ she said.

Read more about Etienne’s work and the award here