Opening Doors and Creating Spaces, How The Fisk Jubilee Started A Movement

By: Gabrielle Weeden What is A Jubilee Quartet The term “Jubilee” comes from the biblical phrase “Year of the Jubilee,” in which African Americans who had been slaves were set “free.” Jubilee quartets date from the mid-nineteenth century and are a hybrid of European quartet singing and African American singing. The jubilee genre arose from […]

William Dawson and the Negro Spiritual

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Jubilee Quartets Impact on HBCUs

Background of Jubilee Quartets First Sight of Jubilee in HBCUs When we think of Jubilee Quartets, we would usually think of a four member group that sings rhythmic tunes. From the book African American Music by Mellonee Burnim, it describes the specific type of Jubilee Quartet within the African American Community. The description states, “…within the […]

How it Began: University Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee Background Jubilee is a biblical term that nearly means to shout with joy and Black people did just that, which brought to us Jubilee singing. Jubilee singing started in neighborhoods, churches, barbershops, and historically Black colleges and universities. In a typical manner, something that started small and I’m sure a hobby became main acts […]