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Celebrating Black History: The women who shaped dance music

From r'n'b to disco, funk and house

  • David McGraw
  • 14 February 2017
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​Gladys Pizarro

Strictly Rhythm is a crucial record label in American dance music thanks to its extensive output of music that helped establish the foundation of the scene. Gladys Pizarro is a cofounder of the label and also served as the head of A&R. Considering the impressive list of producers that have graced those wax plates, as well as the prevailing cultural relevance of the music (Louie Vega’s 'Deep Inside' was amongst the sampled tracks on Kanye’s 'TLOP' last year), it’s clear that Pizarro is a driving musical force. She currently runs her own label called Launch.

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