ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Music is the universal language of mankind. Some of the most popular music genres — such as country, rock and roll, funk, jazz, and blues — were created and influenced by African-American artists.

In 1979, then-President Jimmy Carter designated June as Black Music Month in order to celebrate celebrate the musical influence of African-Americans in the United States.

More than 40 years later, President Joe Biden signed ‘A Proclamation on Black Music Appreciation Month,’ calling public officials, educators, and all Americans to observe this month by honoring musicians and raising awareness of African-American music.

In honor of African-American Music Appreciation Month, WFXR News’ Hazelmarie Anderson spoke with several artists living in Roanoke, including Harvest Blaque & Soul Squad, Dylan Dent, and Macklyn Mosley, who also showed off their musical talents on “Good Day Virginia.”