Our Music Our Selves

Yaum-ul-Khamees (“Thor’s Day”), 6 Rabee`-ul-Aakhar 1435 (February 6, 2014) — Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor

Posted in Notices,Programming by Lester Knibbs on the January 31st, 2014

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

As-Salaam alaikum! Peace!

NOTICE: As of  January 30, 2014, this program “Our Music Our Selves” on American Muslim 360 Blogtalk Radio is no longer scheduled. Brother Thomas Abdul-Salaam, the Executive Director of American Muslim 360, will take over those two hours on February 6. We have had a dispute over discussions of homosexuality on the program. Although discussions (or any mention) of homosexuality had not occurred on every program, Brother Solomon and I had considered it best to limit the amount of time spent on that subject. Brother Thomas — apparently responding to complaints he had received — wanted to halt discussions of homosexuality “until we can find a way forward”. I do not know what that expressions means — but I do understand the word “halt”. I told Brother Thomas that unless I am free to discuss homosexuality when and how I see fit, I would not do the program. So, as it stands, “Our Music Our Selves” is no longer on the air. Maa shaa-Allah. (Whatever Allah wills.)

Our Music Our Selves is a serious and educational exploration of the Qur’an, of symphonic music, and of the role of both the Qur’an and symphonic music in shaping human history and identity; we ask and attempt to answer the questions, Who are we? What are we? and What will we become? Our mission is a mission of healing, a sacred jihaad, to overcome the damaging effects of the Middle Passage, the centuries of terroristic exploitation and oppression, and the generations of self-perpetuating self-destruction that continue to this day. Our program is not entertainment; it is struggle, healing, and change.

Our scheduled broadcast time is every Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanmuslim360. Our call-in number is 646-716-4478. You can call in to listen or, by dialing “1″, join our conversation. Call us! We love to hear from you.

THIS YAUM-UL-KHAMEES (“THOR’S DAY), 6th of Rabee`-ul-Aakhar 1435 (February 6, 2014):

Our theme for the year 1435 A.H. is The Chaconne.

This Thursday we plan to share with you the Cello Concerto in B minor of the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). This concerto was composed while the composer was living in the United States and incorporates themes reminiscent of African American spirituals. Among Dvorak’s students was Harry T. Burleigh who became one of the leading African American symphonic composers. Dvorak was so fascinated by the spirituals that he often had Burleigh singing them for hours at a time.


Our theme for this new year — The Chaconne — is the name of a musical form in the symphonic repertoire. I am using this term to refer to an ancient musical idea which probably originated in Africa and which, in historical times, was introduced to Europe and the wider world from Africa — especially during the Moorish occupation of Spain and as a consequence of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. In addition, we will be sharing many symphonic works by the favorite composer of Brother Solomon and myself, namely Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as works by the 18th century composers Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and numerous works by 19th century composers. In addition, we intend to have more Qur’an.

This week is the last  of our series of four concertos — three for piano and orchestra, one for cello and orchestra — whose keys spell out the name BACH. (In German, the letter “B” stands for the note B-flat, and the letter “H” stands for the note B-natural.) This week, the final of the series is in B minor.

  • 15 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 16, 2014):
    Tchaikovsky, Concerto in B-flat minor for piano and orchestra
  • 22 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 23, 2014):
    Schumann, Concerto in A minor for piano and orchestra
  • 29 Rabee`-ul-Awwal 1435 (January 30, 2014):
    Mozart, Concerto #24 in C minor for piano and orchestra
  • 6 Rabee`-ul-Aakhar 1435 (February 6, 2014):
    Dvořak, Concerto in B minor for cello and orchestra


As usual, I continue to call on my Brothers and Sisters — especially my Brothers (because Allah has given men the responsibility of leadership) — if you have not been reading the Qur’an (which is in Arabic and only in Arabic, which is what Allah says, so do not be one of the mukadhdhibeen and call Allah a liar), I am calling on you to admit that you have never ever read the Qur’an.

Just ‘fess up and say:

“I have never ever read the Qur’an.”

That’s all. Do that, and you will be helping yourself and many, many other Muslims. In fact, you will be helping every person in the world — even if just a little.


Please join Brother Solomon for this very special sharing and conversation.

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Dear Listeners, my good Brothers and Sisters, please check out my other blogs from time to time. They are:

Doctor Hakeem: African-American Commentaries


Word-to-Word: A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an


Take it easy.

Brother Lester

Creative Fire: An African-American Celebration of the Arts (corrected address)

Posted in Notices by Lester Knibbs on the February 18th, 2012

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Your Brother, Lester Knibbs, is scheduled to perform in this upcoming program in Cary, North Carolina, Saturday, February 18, 2012, at about 12:00 noon

Creative Fire:
An African-American Celebration of the Arts

Saturday, February 18, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary, NC 27511

Sheila Morris, Event Coordinator, 919-237-2773
Co-sponsored by The Ujima Group, Inc., and the Town of Cary

Creative workshops,
a marketplace,
a film documentary,
and a children’s village

Young Gifted 2 Write
a workshop for the young and young at heart aspiring writers
Share your spoken word or read from others

A special tribute to Gil Scott Heron

Digital Media Workshop
if you want to produce script, this may be the workshop for you

Violin Nation, with Lael Jones
bring your violin and join her
and enjoy the music

Performances by:

Lester Knibbs

Abdul Rahman

Bradley Simmons

Film documentary
I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African Americans in the Arts