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MUS 505 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Music Of Africa, Black Church, The Soul Stirrers
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Fall 2012

Department
Music
Course Code
MUS 505
Professor
Kim Chow- Morris
Lecture
16

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MUS CH 16
Music of the African-American Church
The black church in America is a syncretic religion - purposeful
blending of African music and spiritual traditions with figures
and stories from the Christian bible
Slave owners did not allow Africans to keep their drums, so
they made music with their voices and bodies
African traditions in the black Christian church: music is
central to worship, ecstatic trance states, call and response
between preacher and congregation
Black sacred music a distinct and highly Sacred music styles:
spirituals, gospel
influential musical tradition in America
African American Musical Roots
Spirituals
an oral tradition of Christian- themed songs created by slaves
in the United States.
Told Old Testament stories while also describing the hardships
of slavery, often in “double coded” language.
Originally unaccompanied monophonic (unison) songs, they
are best known today in harmonized choral arrangements
“Swing Low Sweet Chariot”
African American Musical Roots
“By and By”

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MUS CH 16 Music of the African-American Church The black church in America is a syncretic religion - purposeful blending of African music and spiritual traditions with figures and stories from the Christian bible Slave owners did not allow Africans to keep their drums, so they made music with their voices and bodies African traditions in the black Christian church: music is central to worship, ecstatic trance states, call and response between preacher and congregation Black sacred music a distinct and highly Sacred music styles: spirituals, gospel influential musical tradition in America African American Musical Roots Spirituals an oral tradition of Christian- themed songs created by slaves in the United States. Told Old Testament stories while also describing the hardships of slavery, often in double
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