"You make me wanna shout!"
What is ring shout?
Ring Shout is a form of negro spiritual that has a leader chorus, hand clapping, and is a type of religious dance where participants move in a counterclockwise circle. This type of Negro Spiritual has been around since the 1800’s and were the slave populations unique expression of the christian religion. Ring shouting was one of the vital parts of negro spirituals. It has influenced a lot of gospel, jazz and many other genres of music that we have in today’s society.
Example videos of ring shout
This video showcases what ring shouting might have been like in slave times
Musical group that utilizes ring shouting today
Ring Shouting Artist
The McIntosh County Singers
The McIntosh county singers are one of the only active ring shouters.They have been around since the 1980’s. They believe that it is important in African American history because it was a way for us, as African Americans, to express themselves.The McIntosh County Singers perform lots of concerts to this day. On their website it lists the various events and concerts that they hold.
Their Website: http://mcintoshcountyshouters.com/
Ring Shouting today
Believe it or not ring shouting isn’t just something that was left in the 1800’s, it is still a commodity that is used today. A more modern form of ring shouting is mainly called just “shout” today and in many black churches people use it in what people call a “praise break.” In church when people feel what the pastor is saying or if they feel the good energy most will do a “praise break” in where they use the original concept of ring shouting by moving in a circle while simultaneously stomping their feet, clapping, and even occasionally shouting. The impact of ring shouting has lasted for centuries and is something that African Americans do even in this modern day.