Field Hollers and Work Songs: What are they?

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Hidden Messages Within Negro Spirituals

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The Ring Shout: A Ritual of Religious Unity

Slaves had no way of verbal communication, so they turned to musical tactics. The use of drums, vocal sounds, and call-and-response (I.e., cries, moans, and slurs) were their means of communication. With the use of these different demonstrations, they were able to bring these styles into the Ring Shout as a form of a religious […]

African-American Music History- Christine Bynum

Music has remained a staple in the African-American community, from the moment Africans were transported to America up to the modern-day. Music was a way and still is a way to bring together the community and establish a sense of culture when everything was taken away from the African Slaves, and Black people. They created […]

Singing the song of the lord in a foreign land

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The Evolution of Negro Spirituals: Ring Shout!

The Evolution of Negro Spirituals: Ring Shout! The concept of ring shout has evolved through time, and it is still prevalent today through groups and churches. Ring Shout is a form of negro spiritual that expresses the Christian religion in unique ways. It is a form of folk spiritual characterized by leader-chorus antiphonal singing, highly […]

The First Fisk Jubilee Group of Many..

The First Fisk Jubilee Singers: The Impact on the World The Fisk Jubilee Singers were an African American group formed by students attending Fisk University in 1871. In the beginning the sole purpose of organizing this group was to raise funds for the college through singing traditional spirituals but also some songs by Stephen Foster. […]

Voices That Carried On

History of Negro Spirituals Spirituals were religious songs made by African Americans during slavery whereas hymns were loosely based on biblical scripture  The Great Awakening, a period of religious revival that swept around the colonies in the 18th century, led to the birth of negro spirituals In the South, slaves would meet in secret because […]

Are you really hearing me?: Unveiling the Double Entendre

Are you really hearing me?:Unveiling the Double Entendre in Negro Spirituals by: Angel Milton Double Entendre? What’s That? The term “Double Entendre” is derived from the French language, translated word for word meaning “double message.” Although “Double Entendre” isn’t used in the French language, the real translation is “Double sens, double signification, double message.” In […]

The Invisible Church That Was Seen All Over

The Invisible Church That Was Seen All Over The Birth of the Invisible Church Since the Africans arrived in America (particularly the South) from the Motherland, a majority of them have attempted to preserve as much of their African heritage as possible, including certain cultural and religious practices. It was not until the Great Awakening […]

The Great Awakening

The Great Awakening What was The Great Awakening? The Great Awakening was a period of the revival of the Christian religion in the American colonies which started around 1740. Over 100 hundred years after Africans arrived in North America, around 1619, did the Great Awakening take place. As enslaved Africans began to practice Christianity, they […]