Wadada Leo Smith Receives 2018 Religions and the Arts Award

Source: American Academy of Religion.

Since joining the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1967, Smith has consistently practiced such investigation. As he himself evolved religiously—his influences include his Christian upbringing as well as Rosicrucianism, Rastafarianism, and Islam—Smith has steadily documented his music, which collectively has produced a huge body of work that changes our understanding of what “music” is, and how new musical ideas can promote justice, solidarity, and reflectiveness among humans.