NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new music museum in Nashville is telling an important and often overlooked story about the roots of American popular music. The National Museum of African American Music has opened in Nashville’s musical tourism district. Unlike museums that focus on a genre or label, this museum is touted as the first to span multiple genres including gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and hip-hop. Gospel singer CeCe Winans, who serves as a national chair for the museum, says it was long overdue to honor African American music and the role it has played in America. The museum has 1,600 artifacts in the collection. Visitors can learn dance moves with a virtual instructor and sing “Oh Happy Day” with a choir.
A young Co Donegal lad has kicked his way to the top of his sport across the world.World champ Damian!Damian Duddy, a student at Deele College in Raphoe, has been crowned ISKA World Junior Kickboxing Champion.Damian, who fights in the welterweight category, is no stranger to success, winning Irish and European titles in recent years. The 15 year old, who fights out of the PT kickboxing gym in Carrigans is a 5th year student in Deele College and is obviously delighted with his latest success.Nick-named ‘Kid Dynamite’ for his explosive speed and agility, Damian enthralled the crowd in the Millennium Forum with a brilliant display of technique, speed and strength last Saturday night.He overcame his Spanish opponent, winning all three rounds in convincing fashion.Damien celebrates his historic win with his family. From left, his brother William, father Cathal and mother ArleneMore than 2,000 people were in attendance in the walled city and it was the biggest kickboxing tournament ever seen in Ireland. His success will have delighted his hard working trainers, Paddy Toland and his father Cathal Duddy who have put so much into Damian’s success.Principal Mr PJ McGowan and Vice Principal Mr Danny McFadden congratulate Damien on his magnificent winDeele College Principal, PJ McGowan commended Damian on his big win, saying it was great for the school to have representatives like Damian, competing at the top level in his chosen sport.Damian follows in a long line of sporting heroes who have passed through the door at Deele College, not least four time world champion, Natalie McCarron, who defended her titles successfully on Saturday night.Mr McGowan also wished 3rd year student Brett McGinty the best of luck in his upcoming European Boxing Tournament in Russia, where he will be looking to emulate his recent success in Eastern Europe and bring back a medal.Damien celebrates his World Title with his classmates DAMIAN GETS HIS KICKS AFTER BEING CROWNED A WORLD CHAMP! was last modified: November 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Damian Duddydeele collegekick-boxingRaphoe