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A New Song Rises

The Song of the African American Slave

Kayla Brown

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of A New Song Rises

The Song of the African American Slave A New Song Rises Jamestown 1619. First arrival. The Auction Block Families Split
Subhuman status
regarded as property
harsh work
long work days
Hope. The Slave Song Originated in Africa "Indeed most of what is known about the slaves’ modes of expression confirms their origins in Africa" Oral Traditions. SOng
verbal improvisation Not done for the sake of creativity. Content. Communicaton Codes Scriptures experiences oppression soul Call. Response. 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 Deep Moans
Soulful shouts Rhythm. Precise. syncopated. Complicated. The spiritual is the inner essence of the African
people bursting out in a hearty song. The inner anguish that rattled against the heart of a slave
could only be expressed through the spiritual. Slaves were generally expected to sing as well as work. A silent slave is not liked by masters or overseers. They [songs] were tones, loud, long and deep, breathing the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish. Every tone was a testimony against slavery and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains. To a slave, songs represent the sorrows, rather than the joys of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears. tracking device mood monitor entertainment Freedom within Bondage Emancipation Proclamation. the blues. Jazz. gospel. R & B. songs of freedom. Music is a beautiful thing that everyone appreciate, but for the African
American slave, it was his faith put to melody. Same song is still being sung. The African culture and people.... Survived. OVercame. Changed the course of history.
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