Wade in the Water, Vol. 2: African American Congregational Singing -- 19th Century Root

Wade in the Water, Vol. 2: African American Congregational Singing -- 19th Century Root

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Wade in the Water, Vol. 2: African American Congregational Singing -- 19th Century Roots offers a glimpse into the long history of black congregational vocals and worshiping practices, a tradition dating back centuries that once accounted for much of the oral transmission passed from generation to generation. Fascinatingly, the songs are never rehearsed; singers learn while they perform, and while organized gospel choirs have since become more widely recognized, the congregational style still thrives. Six of the modern era's most stirring representatives -- among them the McIntosh County Shouters, the Seniorlites, and the Rev. C.J. Johnson & Family -- are featured on this disc.

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