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This content was contributed by the State Library and Archives, a division of the Florida Department of State. This collection highlights Florida’s African American religious music traditions. The collection features both nationally recognized acts and previously unknown local artists, including the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Georgia Sea Island, the Versiteers, and the Amigo Male Singers.
Christian sacred music is performed by African-Americans in a variety of social contexts, which range from informal unaccompanied solo singing, to spirited church meetings, to gospel concerts by professional artists. LIke its secular counterparts sch as jazz, blues, and various other popular music forms, the music combines African and Eurpoean influences to create unique and compelling musical expressions.
The tradition on lining hymns, as demonstrated in the rendition of "The Peaceful Death of the Righteous," dates back to the mid 17th century, when slaves (and many whites) could not read and hymnals were scarce. Similarly, shape-note singing takes its name from the use of note heads of various geometrical shapes to teach the vocal parts to those who could not read standard musical notation. It has been partof Florida's musical life since the late 19th century. The clear diction and rather formal sound of the Amigo Male Singers reflect the influence by the Fisk Juiblee Singers, a popular touring group formed shortly after emancipation to raise funds for Fisk University, and often credited with introducing the Negro spiritual to the general public.
Call-and-response is an important element of music with African roots and is emplyed on this recording by smaller groups as well as by large ensembles, such as the Antioch Junior Choir, and in congregational singing, such as the selections by the Testerina Primitive Baptist Church and the members of the Madison County Senior Center.
Florida was and remains an important destination for professional gospel touring groups. The Dixie Hummingbirds (Pennsylvania), the Religionaires (Georgia), and the Cisrow Family Gospel Allstars (New Jersey), as well as Florida groups the Washington Sisters and the Versiteers, were recorded at a 1985 concert in Orlando which paid tribute to Otis Jackson, a gospel deejay, composer, and performer with strong ties to Orlando and Jacksonville. These groups performed in the gospel "quartet" style, which saw its heyday in the 1940s through the 1960s. The Georgia Sea Island Singers are known for their repertoire of old-ime spirituals, which have been handed down amoun the Gullah people of coastal Georgia for generations.
This recording emphasizes older musical forms; however, many African-Americans constantly re-shape their sacred music to reflect contemporary cultural contexts, yet maintain connected to deep traditional roots. Today, millions of Floridians of African descent continue to express their faith, trials, and triumphs through a rich variety of Christian sacred music. -Robert L. Stone, Outreach Coordinator, Florida Folklife Program.

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This content was contributed by the State Library and Archives, a division of the Florida Department of State. This collection highlights Florida’s African American religious music traditions. The collection features both nationally recognized acts and previously unknown local artists, including the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Georgia Sea Island, the Versiteers, and the Amigo Male Singers.
Christian sacred music is performed by African-Americans in a variety of social contexts, which range from informal unaccompanied solo singing, to spirited church meetings, to gospel concerts by professional artists. LIke its secular counterparts sch as jazz, blues, and various other popular music forms, the music combines African and Eurpoean influences to create unique and compelling musical expressions.
The tradition on lining hymns, as demonstrated in the rendition of "The Peaceful Death of the Righteous," dates back to the mid 17th century, when slaves (and many whites) could not read and hymnals were scarce. Similarly, shape-note singing takes its name from the use of note heads of various geometrical shapes to teach the vocal parts to those who could not read standard musical notation. It has been partof Florida's musical life since the late 19th century. The clear diction and rather formal sound of the Amigo Male Singers reflect the influence by the Fisk Juiblee Singers, a popular touring group formed shortly after emancipation to raise funds for Fisk University, and often credited with introducing the Negro spiritual to the general public.
Call-and-response is an important element of music with African roots and is emplyed on this recording by smaller groups as well as by large ensembles, such as the Antioch Junior Choir, and in congregational singing, such as the selections by the Testerina Primitive Baptist Church and the members of the Madison County Senior Center.
Florida was and remains an important destination for professional gospel touring groups. The Dixie Hummingbirds (Pennsylvania), the Religionaires (Georgia), and the Cisrow Family Gospel Allstars (New Jersey), as well as Florida groups the Washington Sisters and the Versiteers, were recorded at a 1985 concert in Orlando which paid tribute to Otis Jackson, a gospel deejay, composer, and performer with strong ties to Orlando and Jacksonville. These groups performed in the gospel "quartet" style, which saw its heyday in the 1940s through the 1960s. The Georgia Sea Island Singers are known for their repertoire of old-ime spirituals, which have been handed down amoun the Gullah people of coastal Georgia for generations.
This recording emphasizes older musical forms; however, many African-Americans constantly re-shape their sacred music to reflect contemporary cultural contexts, yet maintain connected to deep traditional roots. Today, millions of Floridians of African descent continue to express their faith, trials, and triumphs through a rich variety of Christian sacred music. -Robert L. Stone, Outreach Coordinator, Florida Folklife Program.

    I've Got Heaven On My Mind

    I've Got Heaven On My Mind

    Florida Folklife Collection

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    Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace

    Florida Folklife Collection

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    Babylon Is Falling Down

    Babylon Is Falling Down

    Florida Folklife Collection

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    Jesus Met The Woman At The Well

    Jesus Met The Woman At The Well

    Florida Folklife Collection

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    I Can't Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand

    I Can't Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand

    Florida Folklife Collection

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    Soon I Will Be Done

    Soon I Will Be Done

    Florida Folklife Collection

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