Musical Legacy of Roland Hayes

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Paul Spencer Adkins
Evelyn De La Rosa
Afrika Hayes Lambe
George Shirley

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A documentary that features the life and music of tenor Roland Hayes, the son of ex-slaves and the first African-American concert singer to have an international career in the 1920s and '30s. Archival footage of Hayes is interwoven with interviews with his daughter and colleagues. Tenor Paul Spencer Adkins sings scenes from opera and some of the classic spirituals that Hayes made popular.