“Putting Black Joy on the Map!``

Founded in 2012 by ethnomusicologist Fredara M. Hadley, a self-proclaimed music nerd and Oberlin College professor in Musicology. Our NYC Jooksi Black Joy Walking Tours will help you explore NYC’s vibrant musical past and present in a whole new way!

 

Fredara created NYC Black Joy Walking Tours because she realized the musical stories that make New York City the special place it is transcend one singular genre. On a Jooksi Black Joy Walking Tour you’ll learn the living history of the city through a music professor and from the artists who help make NYC the entertainment capital of the world. At the end of a NYC Jooksi Black Joy Walking Tour, you’ll be equipped to step off the tourist path and make musical memories you’ll never forget!
Jooksi has been featured in ESSENCE magazine and Fredara has appeared in music documentaries on the BBC and Showtime.

 

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Harlem Black Joy Map

The Big Apple has always been a melting pot of different music styles and musicians. Dig into New York City’s past and present by unearthing the sites that reveal how African American music shaped one of the most amazing cities in the world. All tours are lead by ethnomusicologist and Professor at Oberlin College, Fredara M. Haldey.

 

Starting in the heart of Harlem, we’ll explore the places where jazz came to life and where new combinations of jazz, hip hop, and soul now thrive.

 

During this 2½ Hour walking tour you will visit:

  • The Apollo Theater
  • Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • The site of the original Cotton Club
  • Jungle Alley
  • And more!

Enjoy a delightful balance of the world famous Harlem and the nooks and crannies that nurtured the music we all love. Come join us on a Harlem Black Joy Walking Tour!

Brooklyn Black Joy Map

The Big Apple has always been a melting pot of different music styles and musicians. Dig into New York City’s past and present by unearthing the sites that reveal how African American music shape one of the most amazing cities in the world.

 

Starting in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn we’ll explore the places where jazz came to life and where new combinations of jazz, hip hop, and soul now thrive. All tours are lead by ethnomusicologist and Professor at Oberlin College, Fredara Haldey,

 

During this 2½ Hour walking tour you will visit important sites such as:

  • Abolitionist Place
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Ft. Greene Park
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and Mule
  • African Burial Ground (Manhattan)

Enjoy a delightful balance of the world famous Brooklyn music scene and the neighborhoods that nurtured the music we all love. Come join us on the Brooklyn Black Joy Walking Tour!
The Big Apple has always been a melting pot of different music styles and musicians. Dig into New York City’s past and present by unearthing the sites that reveal how African American music shape one of the most amazing cities in the world.

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