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Music Executive to Speak on the Intersection of Music, Race and Family

January 09, 2023

MOSCOW, Idaho — Jan. 9, 2023 — Music executive and author Nabil Ayers will speak on the intersection of music, race and family at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, in Forge Theatre, 404 Sweet Ave. Moscow. The event is free and open to the public.

Ayers’ memoir, “My Life in the Sunshine,” recently published by Viking and Penguin Random House, details his struggle to connect with his father, famed vibraphonist and funk, soul and jazz composer Roy Ayers. The book includes stories about growing up as a biracial kid with a single mother, living in Seattle, touring in rock bands and how a job in a record store led him to become president of the U.K.-based record company Beggars Group, which represents Adele, The National, Radiohead and many others.

Ayers has written about race, music and their intersection for the New York Times, Pitchfork, Code Switch, GQ, Rolling Stone and other outlets.

This event is sponsored by University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music and the Africana Studies Program.

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Kelly O’Neill
Communications Specialist, Department of Theatre Arts & Lionel Hampton School of Music

Photo of Nail Ayers by Gabriela Bhaskar

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