Previous
Next

Modern day society’s art expression had practical uses for our ancestors. For example, cornrows are rumored to be used as maps or food storage for the survival of the enslaved. In a sense, music was used in a similar way. Music and religion were an integral part of everyday life in Africa. Christianity was only introduced to the enslaved because slave masters disagreed with their beliefs and way of worship, explaining Negro spirituals basis around biblical characters and places.

Death and escape were extreme forms of resistance compared to small acts of rebellion such as work slow downs or breaking tools. The popular negro spiritual “Steal Away” contains a double meaning referring to both extreme forms of resistance. Verse 1 says “my Lord he calls me, He calls me by the thunder…I ain’t got long to stay here,” translating death and heaven as better means than bondage. Steal Away was also used by leaders such as Harriet Tubman and Nat Turner to gather those who wished to escape to freedom. As a known leader, Tubman adopted the nickname Moses, using the spiritual Go Down Moses on her journey through the underground railroad to identify herself to the enslaved that wished to escape.

To us, what may just be a cute hairstyle or moving song meant so much more to our ancestors.

Ragtime

Rags to Ragtime By: Alexia Khalil From 1896-1920 Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus

Read More »

James Brown

Father of Funk: James Brown By: Alexia Khalil Funky James Born in South Carolina in 1933, James Brown lived an interesting life and left an

Read More »

Evolution of Gospel

The Incredible Timeline of Gospel Evolution By: Alexia Khalil 1920’s: There are not a lot of details available about her, but Mother McCollum was one

Read More »

wHeRe dId jAzZ GO?

Ever since the fast-paced development in popularity of the Rock and Pop genres, Jazz has seemed to be on an equal and opposite decline. Luckily,

Read More »

John Coltrane

The Jazzy John Coltrane By: Alexia Khalil Jazzy Journey Born in North Carolina, the composer and saxophonist, John Coltrane, is known for his remarkable music

Read More »