SiriusXM announced new limited-engagement channels and specialty programming as a part of SiriusXM Celebrates Black History Month, available now across SiriusXM platforms. For the month of February, SiriusXM and its brands will be spotlighting Black artists and personalities who have created new genres, styles and ways of thinking, forever transforming Black communities and beyond.
Beginning February 4, SiriusXM will launch several limited-engagement music channels saluting some of the most influential, pioneering Black artists including Aretha Franklin and Miles Davis, in addition to celebrating the sounds and artists from legendary record label, Motown. SiriusXM has collaborated with these historic artists and their teams to create unique, curated radio channels exclusively for listeners and fans.
Across SiriusXM channels listeners will find a variety of specialty programming celebrating the impact of Black culture, traditions, history, and those who we call “wave-makers.” For a full schedule of all Black History Month special programming on SiriusXM please visit: www.siriusxm.ca/BlackHistoryMonth.
Key programming highlights celebrating Black History Month below.
SiriusXM Special Music Programming:
The Aretha Franklin Channel will pay homage to the ‘Queen of Soul’ by featuring Franklin’s iconic catalogue, from her early recordings to biggest hits, which have withstood the test of time. The Aretha Franklin Channel will be available on the SXM App in the Hip-Hop/R&B category beginning February 4 for 30 days. SiriusXM channel 104 will become the Aretha Franklin Channel from February 14 through February 20.
Miles Davis Radio will honour one of the most significant and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz music by showcasing music from over 100 of Davis’ albums and featuring alumni band members as hosts. Miles Davis Radio will be available on the SXM App in the Jazz/Standards category beginning February 4 for 30 days. SiriusXM channel 67 (Real Jazz) will become Miles Davis Radio from February 14 through February 20.
The Motown Channel will celebrate the iconic record label envisioned by Berry Gordy Jr. that generated history-making artists who changed music forever. The channel will feature music from Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Jackson 5 and more. The Motown Channel will be available on the SXM App beginning February 4 for 30 days. SiriusXM channel 49 (Soul Town) will become The Motown Channel from February 21 through February 27.
Rock the Bells (ch. 43) and Hip-Hop Nation (ch. 44) “Save the Music’s J Dilla Day” – On February 7, SiriusXM will celebrate the life and legacy of rapper J Dilla with a special conversation with his mother, Maureen Yancey.
BB King’s Bluesville (ch. 74) “Influences of the Blues with Keb Mo”- Blues legend Keb Mo gives insight into the music of influential African American Blues artists debuting on February 1 with encores throughout the month. The special will also be available for streaming through the SXM App.
Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio (ch. 19) “Bob Marley Roots 77 Birthday Concert” – In honour of what would have been iconic musician, Bob Marley’s 77th birthday on February 6, Tuff Gong Radio is airing a special concert recorded at Tuff Gong International Studios in Kingston, Jamaica. Launching February 6 on Tuff Gong Radio, then on the SXM App beginning February 7.
The Groove (ch. 50), “Funkiest Funk Songs of All Time”- Funk legend Bootsy Collins counts down all your favourite 1970’s funk songs from George Clinton to The Commodores. “Funkiest Funk Songs of All Time” will air February 20 at 12 PM ET and will become available for streaming on the SXM App beginning February 21.
Poplandia (ch. 754) “Jully Black Takeover” – Singer Jully Black will takeover Poplandia in celebration of Black History Month. Jully will guest DJ the hour playing some of the most influential artists of colour in Pop, Hip-Hop, and R&B. Air Times: Friday, February 11 at 6 ET, Sunday, February 13 at 11 ET, and Wednesday, February 16 at 8 ET.