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The music of Motown, sounds of Philadelphia, New York and beyond is being celebrated in a brand new exhibition taking place at several galleries in Harlem. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

To celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month curator Peter "Souleo" Wright asked artists to create new works inspired by famous hit songs like "Ain't No Stopping Us Now", "Love Train" and "Fight the Power".

The exhibit spans four art galleries in Harlem.

"Oh completely because the musical history of African Americans is that expansive. We really need 10 galleries," says Wright.

The exhibit is called "Motown to Def Jam" in honor of the famous music labels and it takes place at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center, La Maison D'Art, the Sol Studio, and Strivers Garden Gallery, where one can see the debut of aspiring artist and Pratt freshman Aanisa Hinds, daughter of recording artist Macy Gray.

"She like went through a lot going, trying to make it big in the music industry. So, I mean, it's the same thing trying to make it in the art world," says Hinds.

Yes this is Fathers Day weekend, but even for artist Beau McCall the conversation kept turning to moms.

"Well first of all I'm a mama's boy and I chose The Intruders' 'I'll Always Love My Mama'. I love my mother dearly and this is a tribute to her and all mothers all over the world," says McCall.

Of course there is also a free app you can download called Must See. Not only does it take take you on a tour of the artwork in all four galleries, it also lets you listen to the song that inspired each piece.

This Saturday there is also a special trolley tour to all the galleries culminating in a concert with Queens born R&B singer Meli'sa Morgan performing some of these songs. Tickets for the entire day are $55 .

"Motown to Def Jam" is up through the end of July.

For more details, visit www.artcrawlharlem.com

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