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Wade In The Water, Vol.1:African American Spirituals:The Concert Tradition
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Wade In The Water, Vol.1:African American Spirituals:The Concert Tradition
Genres: World Music, Pop, Christian, Gospel
 
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Combining African and European performance styles, spirituals have served to steady and exalt African Americans and enrich the wider society as well. Features The Florida A&M Concert Choir, The Howard Universtiy Chamber Ch...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Wade In The Water, Vol.1:African American Spirituals:The Concert Tradition
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Original Release Date: 4/28/1994
Re-Release Date: 5/1/1994
Album Type: Live
Genres: World Music, Pop, Christian, Gospel
Styles: Compilations, Urban & Contemporary, Traditional
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093074007228

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Combining African and European performance styles, spirituals have served to steady and exalt African Americans and enrich the wider society as well. Features The Florida A&M Concert Choir, The Howard Universtiy Chamber Choir, and The Fisk Jubilee Singers. 65 minutes.

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MEDITATIVE ~ AWESOME ~ PERFECTION
AfroAmericanHeritage | 06/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"EXCELLENCE! I was, and still continue to be, stunned at the excellence of this recording, irregardless of times played. I should have known that the name Smithsonian on it guaranteed quality plus. Be prepared to be awestruck and silenced by the very first recording - "There Is a Balm in Gilead". If one is not transported to a time and place that knows true healing - then one is not keenly aware of the very breath they draw. This whole CD presents Deep Waters - - especially, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child."Give yourself quiet time for THIS rare rendition. No telephones or books - just - listen, truly listen!I look forward to adding to this "Library of Life" by getting three more in this Series."
Excellent!
AfroAmericanHeritage | Wisconsin | 01/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Spirituals as presented in the concert tradition, such as were performed by the Jubilee Singers after the Civil War. As such, they are not intended to sound like "field recordings" (as one reviewer here had apparantly expected) but rather, polished concert performances. The documentation (liner notes, bibliography, etc) is outstanding...one could teach a workshop just using the CD and notes.If you're seeking a field recording sound, I suggest "I Believe in Angels Singing: Songs from the Underground Railroad Era (Cassette)
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African American Spirituals: The Concert Tradition
Robert W. Kellemen | 08/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent presentation of glorious music which helped to save the sanity and physical being of slaves."