The Heart of Tennessee in the Spirit of Memphis Quartet

– The Spirit of Memphis Quartet – The Spirit of Memphis Quartet were a gospel quartet founded in Memphis, TN, in 1927. Through the 1930’s and 1940’s, The Spirit of Memphis Quartet were regarded as one of the leading gospel quartets that were based in the South. They were often featured on radio broadcasts and […]

I’m Building Me a Home: Negro Spirituals and the Fostering of Self

The Negro Spiritual “I’m buildin’ me a home I’m buildin’ me a home I’m buildin’ me a home I’m buildin’ me a home This earthly heart Is gonna soon decay And the soul’s gotta have, oh Lord, somewhere to stay When you hear me prayin’ I’m buildin’ me a home When you hear me prayin’ […]

African-American Folk Music: A Conduit for Multi-Cultural Traditions

African-American Folk Music Within African-American secular folk music, one will find a myriad of cultural textures and influences at work: the intrinsic ability to weave music into daily life that came by way of Africa, the toils and suffering through slavery, an affinity for rhythms and dance, as well as the flairs and particularities of […]