Beautiful Style and Beautiful Art of Music
The shape-note singing we heard in the previous selection wasn’t only a white tradition in the South. Some black communities had also shape-note singing on meetings and “conventions” and used the same books as the whites, with the addition, in New Jersey, South Alabama and Florida communities, of “The Colored Sacred Harp”, a book compiled by Judge Jackson in 1934. Their singing style and repertoire ressembles those of the whites communities but has a distinctive african-american feeling.
The Wiregrass Sacred Harp singers is such a group, that kept this tradition alive for decades in Alabama.
Listen to The Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers singing songs from “The Colored Sacred Harp”:
“The Signs of The Judgement”
“Shout and sing”
“Jesus lives in my soul”
-“This Song of Love” by Middle Georgia Singing Convention also belong to the african-american shape-note singing tradition but the style of the performance is quite distinct from Sacred Harp…
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