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Showing posts with label Negro Sprirituals Message In the Music Black history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Negro Sprirituals Message In the Music Black history. Show all posts

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Music That Had A Message and Purpose.

Music with a message is what we as a people used to think about.
Were is the message in todays music?


A Negro Spiritual is a song created by American slaves before emancipation, often expressions of religious faith, and quite often served as political protests veiled as assimilation to white, American culture.


How many Negro Spirituals do YOU know?
Here are a few deep, heartfelt Negro Spirituals that can help you feel more connected to the essence of the black experience in this country. Many of the Negro Spirituals are sophisticated in their lyrical content and contain hidden references and codes to passageways via the Underground Railroad.
For example:
(Wade in the Water)
If you don't believe I've been redeemed
God's gonna trouble the water
I want you to follow him on down to Jordan stream
(I said) My God's gonna trouble the water
You know chilly water is dark and cold
(I know my) God's gonna trouble the water
You know it chills my body but not my soul
(I said my) God's gonna trouble the water

(Come on let's) wade in the water
Wade in the water (children)
Wade in the water
God's gonna trouble the water

“Wade in the Water” contained explicit instructions to fugitive slaves on how to avoid capture and the route to take to successfully make their way to freedom.[1] Leaving dry land and taking to the water was a common strategy to throw pursuing bloodhounds off one's trail. “The Gospel Train”, and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” all contained veiled references to the Underground Railroad, and Follow the Drinking Gourd contained a coded map to the Underground Railroad. The title itself was an Africanized reference to the Big Dipper, which pointed the way to the North Star and freedom.

Other Negro Spirituals include:
"Steal Away (to Jesus)" This is one of my favorites. I love to here James Cleavland sing it.
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
"The Gospel Train"
"The Drinking Gourd"
"My Good Lord Done Been Here"
"Roll the Old Chariot Along"
"My Good Lord Done Been Here"