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Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola

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Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola

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Black musicians find their voices at Loyola

Sophia Renzi

In the heart of the music industry’s ever-evolving landscape, a powerful and resonant movement is taking center stage – Black musicianship.And Loyola has become a place for Black musicians to pursue their artistry and hone their musical talents.
Junior Renaissa Avari chose to study music at Loyola because it was one of the only schools that had a program that focused on R&B music.
“Most people, when they think of music majors, the focus is only jazz or classical, so to be a part of a program such as Hip Hop and R&B here at Loyola, which is the first of its kind, is everything that I could’ve wanted for my Loyola experience,” Avari said.

Avari enjoys exploring different ranges and possibilities to find her sound. Some artists that influence her are Victoria Monet, Jazmine Sullivan, and Brandy.
“I like to make music that I love to listen to. I am always listening to music to gain new perspectives in terms of melodies, lyrics, background vocals, etc.,” she said.
Similarly, junior Treniti Akoi said Loyola has impacted her experience as a musician by giving her the space to freely explore her creativity and participate in events.
“I have been blessed to partake in many opportunities that are so uniquely specific to Loyola and the community surrounding it,” Akoi said.
Akoi believes that being a Black musician is a beautiful thing and that their art comes from their experiences, which are uniquely different from other demographics here in America.
“To be a Black musician in this day and age is to be an unsung pioneer for pop culture,” she said

Maleigh Crespo

Along with pioneering artistry and genre-bending within the music industry, Black musicians are fostering spaces in the industry for other Black musicians.
Avari said seeing Black women represented in the media is important, not only to other Black women but to anyone who enjoys music.
“So often we are not credited for our everlasting influence on the music industry, but I feel as though, in recent years, Black musicians have been receiving their flowers,” Akoi said.

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Sophia Renzi
Sophia Renzi, Assistant Photo Editor
Sophia Renzi currently serves as The Maroon's Assistant Photo Editor and Head Photographer for The Wolf.
Maleigh Crespo
Maleigh Crespo, Editor in Chief
Maleigh Crespo serves as the Maroon's Editor in Chief. Maleigh previously served as the Maroon's  Managing Editor for Print, Design Chief, Equity and Inclusion officer, and Op/Ed editor. When she’s not writing, she can be found listening to Taylor Swift on repeat, online shopping, or feeding the squirrels in Audubon.

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    Carolyn T JonesFeb 14, 2024 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you for showcasing two of Loyola’s very talented musicians. Especially Renaissa Avari whose vocal talent was evident at an early age singing in her church. I am so proud of her.