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Fredara Mareva Hadley


Fredara Mareva Hadley is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin Conservatory. She is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in researching, writing, and teaching about African American popular music. Committed to sharing knowledge about black music by any means possible, Fredara conducted research for the African Burial Ground Memorial in New York City, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Carnegie Hall.

She’s presented her research topics at universities around the country and at conferences both domestic and abroad. Her commentary is featured in projects including: The BBC documentary, Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story; PBS’ docuseries, Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music; BBC Four’s docuseries, Gregory Porter’s Popular Voices and; CNN’s podcast B-Sides.

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