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Philippe Battikha - 2010 Recipient

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Dear Dr Trevor Payne,
With what great joy and pride I received news from Professor Charles Ellison of my laureate for the distinguished scholarship that you so generously offer.  I would like to thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for this financial assistance and prestigious honour, and hope that some time in the near future will be able to firmly shake your hand and say the words in person 
Thank You.

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Trevor W. Payne, C.M. Scholarship in Black Music


The Scholarship is created though the generosity of Professor Trevor W. Payne, C.M. who holds a BFA in Music from Concordia University and graduated in 1980. Professor Payne is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir. Founded in 1982 the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir earned a Juno award in 1995 for its CD “Jubilation V: Joy to the World.”

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Christian Tauchner Essay (2006 / 07)

altBlack Music, in other words, music composed by people of African descent, has greatly impacted my development and evolution as a musician, and as a human being. African-American music, African music, Afro-Latin American music and Afro-Caribbean music (such as reggae and calypso) have all served to broaden my musical horizons and my deepen my appreciation of various Black cultures around the world.

By listening to, and/or learning about, the Senegalese mbalax music of Youssou N’Dour, the a cappella isicathamiya and mbube music of South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and the African chant-inspired Circlesongs of Bobby McFerrin, amongst many others, I have been able to absorb and identify with some of the common elements in Black Music from different regions of the world. Underlying themes of spirituality, strength and pride pervade these various styles, regardless of idiomatic techniques or methods of expression.

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