Today’s post looks at the influence the slaves had on creating GOSPEL music in America.
As we know most of the slaves came into the South through either Charleston, SC or New Orleans, LA through its famous Congo Square.
The first collection of African American spirituals in book form occurred in 1867.
Contrary to what you might have heard or learned African American spirituals were not always about the “hereafter”. In fact, many of the songs you are probably acquainted with referred to slavery and the road to freedom.
Are you aware that CANAAN was really CANADA? The word HEADEN referred to the North? STEAL AWAY referred to ESCAPE? DE LORD to the YANKEES? ISRAELITES were SLAVES? PHARAOH the SLAVE OWNER? EGYPT was the SOUTH?
Finally GO DOWN TO DE LONESOME VALLEY was really a SECRET MEETING?
Next post I will share with you where RAPP really originated!