Spirituals, played an important role in shaping American music. These folk songs cried out for freedom from oppression to the God who liberated Moses and the Israelites, and took their listeners to the ‘thin places’ where God’s Spirit can be felt. The spirituals and blues of Alabama native, Vera Hall, were made famous, when they were sampled by Moby in 1999. More after the jump. Loving is supporting.
In 1973 a quintet of African American women organized an a cappella singing group called “Sweet Honey In The Rock.” More and listen to them sing the words of the Sermon on the Mount after the jump:
The great American folk singer, Pete Seeger died yesterday at the age of 94. Seeger used his music to support civil rights, labor unions, the peace movement, environmental causes and other social issues. He often used spirituals to inspire and encourage his audiences. Spirituals he sang, like “We Shall Overcome” played an integral role in the American Civil Rights movement. Bruce Springsteen once said of Seeger, “At some point, [he] decided he’d be a walking, singing reminder of all of America’s history. He’d be a living archive of America’s music and conscience, a testament of the power of song and culture to nudge history along, to push American events towards more humane and justified ends. He would have the audacity and the courage to sing in the voice of the people.” May he rest in peace. Listen to two of his spirituals and see photos after the jump: