K-HAND recognised as 'first lady of Detroit' by city council

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    Wed, 26 Jul 2017, 23:26
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  • The city council also gave awards to Kyle Hall, Terrence Parker, Jay Daniel and the late Ken Collier in Tuesday's ceremony.
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  • Detroit City Council has recognised several artists—including K-HAND, Kyle Hall and Jay Daniel—for their contributions to electronic music. K-HAND, AKA Kelli Hand, was awarded the city's Testimonial Resolution, a biographical certificate that lists the accomplishments of a person or organisation, at a ceremony that took place at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Centre on Tuesday. The techno artist's founding of Acacia Records and her 1994 12-inch, Global Warning, for Warp Records, are cited in the resolution. The award refers to the artist as "The First Lady Of Detroit," acknowledging her role as a techno pioneer and "her skills within a male-dominated industry." Kyle Hall and Jay Daniel received the Spirit Of Detroit Award, which recognises the "outstanding achievements" of citizens. Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie Fowlkes and Hand were among those given the award last year. The late Ken Collier, who passed away in 1996, was given a posthumous Testimonial Resolution. Others to receive that award include Terrence Parker and Cliff Thomas, who ran the dance music record store Buy-Rite. John Collins, who received the Testimonial Resolution last year, accepted the same award on Parker's behalf. "Techno and house music have been integral pieces of Detroit's vibrant musical history," councilman Scott Benson told Resident Advisor. "I am honored to pay respect to these pioneers and recognise techno for its critical contributions to Detroit's legendary musical tapestry."
    Photo credit: Kwabena Shabu CCSD/City Of Detroit