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The very first spirituals were created by slaves, who were not professionals. Slaves also attended religious services at church and in plantation houses. They used to sing hymns, psalms and spirituals. Preachers there often led the congregations for singing. He had a handkerchief in hand with which he kept time and he tapped the floor with his feet like a bass drum.
Specialized groups sang various types of music. They were soloists of at least three voices, and they were between four and seven in number. Many musicians and singers had also the opportunity to perform in barbershops. Their songs were rather secular even if some pieces were based on spirituals. During the first years after slavery was abolished, most of African American wanted to forget anything related with the hard times. But, some other African American, mainly the most educated people, decided to show how great were these traditional spirituals.
Insome students of Hampton Institute Virginia were organized into a singing group and taken on tours. They were professional and gave concerts in halls.
In the s and early Twentieth century, African American congregations sung at church some traditional spirituals and new religious songs similar to spirituals. During this period, the rural life became more hard, and some people moved to towns.
Some of them earned money by singing spirituals or new Christian songs, from town Deep River - Tuskegee Institute Choir - Spirituals town. Other singers, such as Roland Hayesincluded spirituals in their performances. During the s and s, traditional African American songs were less popular. But, John Lomax tried to collect these songs, for the Library of Congress.
Some of them included negro spirituals in their shows. Dorothy Maynor was a concert artist, who used to sing negro spirituals. Thomas A. Dorsey, the Father of Gospel Music, promoted many choirs and choruses, who used to sing at churches. Herbert Brewster, and Roberta Martins were two of his companions. She was followed by many other singers Marie Knight, etc.
Mahalia Jackson "In the Upper Room", etc. In the s and s, many quartets sang negro spirituals and gospel songs. The older ones sang a capella. Washington High School in Norfolk Virginia. Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes were one of the most appreciated female singers, in Deep River - Tuskegee Institute Choir - Spirituals Dawn - Candlemass - Tales Of Creation. Some artists led choirs for singing Gospel songs and sometimes negro spirituals: James ClevelandJulius Cheeks, Alex Bradfordfor example.
Mary Johnson Davis sang Gospel music in a bluesy way. For example, in the s, some singers performed in France. Afternegro spirituals are sung at church, by the congregations and by invited singers.
But many soloists and choirs sing negro spirituals for concerts and special events. Deep River - Tuskegee Institute Choir - Spiritualsfor example, Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle include traditional spirituals in their repertoire. The Plantation Singers perform spirituals, in the tradition way of singing in plantations. Some a cappella singing groups, such as the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singersinclude negro spiritual in their repertoire.
Various artists now sing Gospel music: most of them perform at church, but some artists sing only at secular places records, concert halls, etc.
For example, some singers performed in France. The most famous French quartet group was Les Compagnons du Citylights (Gary D. Remix) - Gary D. - D.Trance 2/2001 who performed between the s and the s.
Some other amateur groups have also sung spirituals and Gospel songs. Now, Spiritual Workshop Paris sings negro spirituals and Gospel songs created before Some artists click here. This section is organized by Spiritual Workshop, Paris Mail to : question negrospirituals. Street singers: Rev.
Louis Overstreet and his sons. Before The very first spirituals were created by slaves, who were not professionals. Dett As a result the sacred thought brought out in the words were entirely lost.
It was cast aside…Therefore let us no longer tolerate the profanity of our sacred Spirituals. George A. Webb, There, surrounded by crowds of country folks, they would pour out their hearts in song… They earned their living by selling their own songs… Some of these country boys hustled on trains. Other visited churches.
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