Musical artist Dahlak uses spoken word poetry to narrate the complex history of our nation. From gospel to blues, jazz to R&B, America has produced some of the most innovative music of the 20th century. Although the songs are easy on the ears, their inception occurred in cultural climates that were often discordant. This musical chronicle shows that despite conflict and misunderstanding, we are still brilliantly creative and resilient.
Adapting History was created in collaboration with and commissioned by Montalvo Arts Center’s Education Department, OneBeat via the U.S. State Department, ArtPower UCSD, and the Mondavi Center at UC Davis.