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Bent But Not Broken

“The conference is comprised of performances from nationally esteemed vocal art ensembles complemented with workshops and interest sessions led by the nation's most knowledgeable scholars of music and history. Bent, But Not Broken aims to be the community and artistic summit that will make visible—and audible—the works of Black voices.”
—Arreon A. Harley-Emerson, Founder—


Celebrating BBNB 2.0!

Bent, But Not Broken — the first of its kind — is a four-day music conference amplifying the musical contributions and accomplishments of Black vocal artists across time and genres. BBNB 2.0 offered interest sessions, immersion choirs, panel discussions, honor choirs, and performances. This year, we introduced Harmabees, affinity sessions for Black and African-American-identifying attendees. A long-standing Kenyan tradition, a Harambee is a type of self-help event that's deeply ingrained in the moral compass of the country. The word means “all pull together” in Kiswahili, Kenya's national language.

Stay Tuned for information about BBNB 3.0!

Memories from the BBNB 1.0 conference

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