Thursday, 29 January 2009

Spirituals: A Brief History. Presented by Yvonne Frazier

Sonntag, 8. Februar
Die Weisse Rose - Raum Jamaika

The American-born Soprano Yvonne Frazier will provide a presentation on Spirituals.

The Spiritual is a musical art form that is indigenous, specific and born out of the enslaved African experience in the United States.

As a result of the interaction of social, religious and African, American and European musical elements, Spirituals originally served as an outlet for a vast spectrum of needs and causes. Beginning with a basic emotional need for comfort to the spirit and relief for heavy work loads, the Spiritual also served to tell or explain religious stories and reveal expressions of faith. Spirituals provided a means of escape, both physically and mentally, gave voice to social-political protests and literally helped to birth and support movements and institutions.

At the same time, many messages of this spectrum were often veiled in coded language in order to maintain the appearance, in the eyes of the slave owners, that assimilation into the dominant white American culture was peacefully taking place.

This multi-media presentation will be held in English.

Yvonne Frazier
Spirituals: A Brief History

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