negro spirituals

Negro spirituals were songs that slaves sang amongst themselves, both for entertainment purposes and to deliver messages discreetly. These messages were usually hopeful; the word “freedom” was very popular in this genre of music. Many spirituals had call and response elements, in which one person would sing and others would respond with the next line, or the chorus. Spirituals were often found to be somewhat religious, because they were a way for the slaves to reflect their own faith without being caught by their master. Sometimes, a dance called the ring shout was also included while performing the songs. Some popular Negro spirituals include Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Lord, How Come Me Here.

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