Houston Talent Expo ’82

by The People’s Workshop

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We are both proud and excited to present The People’s Workshop – Houston Talent Expo ’82, a highly sought after early 80’s vinyl gem originally created as a showcase project for young artists and composers by a community music organisation in Texas.

Originally referred to as the ‘Pop Music Lab’, the Peoples’ Workshop was formed in 1976 at Texas Southern University as a space for students to compose and perform, free from the constrains of Western classical music education.

Swiftly gathering momentum, in 1980 the organisation was granted non-profit status and in 1983, moved off the TSU campus. The Workshop has since grown in size and scope, becoming the first Black-founded organisation to present shows in major performance venues around the Greater Houston area.

Houston Talent Expo ’82 features original compositions by members of The Peoples’ Workshop, performed exclusively by musicians from Houston. The songs vary in style, but remain centered around gospel, funk and soul; music and lyrics with a powerful positive message. Many of the artists featured remain active today around the world, working with such acts as Alice Coltrane and The Charles Mingus Band among others.

Houston Talent Expo ’82 comprises a truly special collection of songs born from the struggle, true to the spirit of togetherness that underpins The Peoples’ Workshop, written and performed by astonishing young talents.

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released February 19, 2016

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BBE London, UK

Sometime after the Universal Robot Band and sometime before where we are now, a pair of DJ/promoter/whatevers, Pete Adarkwah and Ben Jolly, ran a successful club night named after our eponymous song, playing a joyful mix of all they considered good. 'Wouldn't it be fun,' they mused, 'To release some of these tunes?' And so BBE (Barely Breaking Even) was born. ... more

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