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Fisk Jubilee Singers, Neighborhood Concert, May 22, 2009, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. This award–winning choir of young men and women from Nashville, Tennessee, preserves the distinctly American tradition of singing "slave songs," known today as spirituals.
Charlotte Blake Alston introduces the Fisk Jubilee Singers and "The
Battle of Jericho."
The Fisk Jubilee Singers end the concert with their performance of
What are some of the traditions or rituals that your parents are determined to pass down to you?
Charlotte explains the origins and purpose of the African American
spiritual and how they are used to tell the story of slaves.
Fisk singer Rashai tells the history of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and
their intentions as a performing group.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers perform "N'ahenni," an African song that influenced elements of the African American spiritual.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers perform and teach movements to the African song
"Mawu Nye Lolo" to demonstrate how African music and dance go together.
Call and response was used to teach spirituals before they were written down.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers perform "Rise, Shine, For Thy Light Is A'Comin"
as an example of call and response between males and females.