The Progressive Underground Show 158 feat. SEAN BLACKMAN


Sean Blackman Music

On this weekend’s The Progressive Underground, we profile international recording artist SEAN BLACKMAN as he talks about his his musical projects such as the reunion of BLACKMAN & ARNOLD, Sean Blackman’s “IN TRANSIT” and his upcoming World Music Party taking place at the Majestic Cafe.  

Blackman also will introduce the TPU audience to an international “mystery” artist who he is producing and do an exclusive acoustic set in-studio. We also bump music from Paul Randolph, Jean Luc-Ponty, Incognito, Butcher Brown, Collective Peace, Marcellus Pittman, Jessica Care Moore, Leaf Erikson, Vanessa Daou, Swamimillion, Plaza Melodic Recordings and many more! It all goes down this Sunday, 8 pm, on 101.9 WDET and


Sean Blackman’s unique World Music style is influenced by his deep passion for traditional ethnic music from around the world and of course, growing up in Detroit — Jazz, Blues, Rock and Soul. 

Blackman works with internationally renowned performers as well as Detroit’s finest and always brings a cross-culture approach to his shows and recordings.


Blackman has been honored with many Detroit Music Awards, has launched and directed World Music Festivals and worked as creative director of entertainment for corporate events for Red Bull, Chrysler and the grand opening of the McNamara Terminal at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport – one of the nations most state-of-the-art terminals.

As an established world-music musician, Blackman continues to compose and produce new material that links different genres of music with dance and theatrical performance. 

Whether on the streets, in front of thousands at a theatre concert, or inside a smoldering hidden nightclub, Blackman’s music is disciplined from a lifetime of training, yet his raw passion makes every note seemingly intimate.


Bringing performers of different ethnics together for multi-cultural and multi-media performances theaters, festivals and private events, world music lectures & school assemblies composition & in-studio recordings

In Transit is a collaborative platform created by Sean Blackman where performers from around the world come together to create and produce original music concerts, recordings and educational lectures on world music. 

Dedicated to creating the highest quality, most entertaining, educational and enlightening experiences with the goal of expanding the viewer’s knowledge and interest in international music and culture.

Creating these multi-ethnic ensembles weaves a common thread through musical history that has influenced one another over time, though together is a modern-hybrid of old world sounds.

Just as people of different ethnics fall in love, marry and make children… musicians of different ethnics come together and create song. This is how it always has been, how it is and always will be. Tearing down the brick and mortar of diversity raises global awareness of human similarities and brings us all closer together.”


Song Artist Album
First Impressions Kele Trick
About Last Night Paul Randolph This is what it is
Arpeggo YellowStraps X Le Motel Mellow
Like the first time featuring: Magic Number Lay-Far How I communicate - Part 1
Rio Grande Lisa Maroni Herren Lounge Club
Breathin Jneiro Jarel Three Piece Puzzle
Big Bounce Theory Jneiro Jarel Three Piece Puzzle
Move Kindyness LB aka LABAT N/A
Southern Freeze Sonzeira Brasil Bam Bam Bam
Opara Sabrina Malheiros Dreaming
Vanigilia Swamimillion N/A
Son of a Gun Full Crate feat: Gia Kola N/A
Lay it Back Butcher Brown Grown Folk
Plastic Idols Jean Luc- Ponty Fables
Technology Plaza Melodic Recordings N/A
Barumba Incognito 100 degrees and rising
Song Artist Album
Everyday (Opologo remix) Jay Nemor N/A
Lilika Sean Blackman In Transit
This Masquerade Lola Morales & Sean Blackman Before it was you
Eldorado Zap Toro feat: Sean Blackman Zap Toro
This Blue Hour Vanessa Daou Slow to burn
Beleza Zap Toro feat: Sean Blackman Zap Toro
Siren Song Sean Blackman In Transit
Yerazner Sean Blackman In Transit
Dr. Macamba Sin Hielo feat Sean Blackman Sin Hielo
Momal Sa Pop (Be - Fre) Blackman & Arnold Illumination
Chan Chan Blackman & Arnold Reunion
Song Artist Album
Play with me Princess Freesia The Rainbow Ride
Time to go Marissa Guzman Joy Road
Love will Linger Rebekka Ling Travel Light
Desolee Les Nubians Princess Nubiennes
Extra Credits Marcellus Pittman Do you like music
Soul Bounce Collective Peace 12" Single
Gone Fishing Roisin Murphy Hair Less Tags
Rotation Leaf Erikson Hidden Gems
He Is Brandy Full Moon
Wah Wah Introbeatz N/A
Dat Jazz Collective Spirits feat. Tantra Zawadi Love Planet
Pinball Brandon Williams feat: Dames Brown & Nicolas Payton XII
I think forever MelodiesInfante The Wolf Gang EP
The Way LaVeda Davis 12" Single
Catch Me If You Can Jessica Care Moore feat: Talib Kweli Black Tea: The Legend of Jesse James

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About the Author

Chris Campbell

Host/Producer, The Progressive Underground

Host/journalist/DJ/producer with a deep interest in curating Detroit’s rich music scene and presenting it to the world-at-large.   Follow @cambeaux

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