Location: Old South Church Boston (Mary Horton Hall) 645 Boylston St. Boston MA
Open to public. Free.
There is an awesome power in the human voice and when uncommon voices are
blended for the common good, they become a 'vocal community' at its best. Masterfully
led by Dr. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell, singers and non-singers alike will share the common
experience of learning in the oral tradition and singing rhythms, chants, traditional
songs from Africa and the Diaspora, and a variety of songs from African American
culture including spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels, and songs from the Civil Rights
Movement. The historical, social and political context will provided as an introduction
to the songs. Throughout this experience, the group will explore from an African
American worldview, the values imbedded in the music, the role of cultural and spiritual
traditions and rituals, ways in which leadership emerges and can be shared by and
among community members, the nature of cultural responses to and influences on
political and social struggle, and finally the significance of a shared communal
experience in ones' personal life. All that is required is a willingness to sing.