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I SEE U, Episode 8: Ebony and Ivory in Systemic Harmony

80’s synth-pop duo, THE SYSTEM, talks candidly about their collaborative successes despite differences in their skin color

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Chaka Khan, Phil Collins, Robert Palmer, Angela Bofill and Steve Winwood are just a few names who’ve landed hit after hit while working with veteran keyboardist David Frank and guitarist/vocalist Mic Murphy. But the talented duo worked largely under the radar for years. Both Murphy and Frank created their musical magic and pioneering sound not only for other artists but also for themselves, under the name, THE SYSTEM, with popular songs like, “Don’t Disturb This Groove,” and “You Are In My System.” But would they have succeeded without the help of legendary radio DJ, the late Frankie Crocker of New York’s WBLS? And do radio ‘tastemakers’ similar to Crocker still exist in today’s digital music landscape? Join us for a first-ever public media conversation with ’80s synth-pop duo, THE SYSTEM. Host Eddie Robinson also chats with Dallas-based R&B/soul couple, Yarbrough & Peoples, and emerging, electronic music duo, The Midnight.

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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