The importance of negro spirituals and gospel songs in the Afro-American's life from 1871 until today

Abstract : aThe Afro-american still experiences an uncomfortable situation within American society. The reason is that he still bears the scars of slavery, which had stripped him of his human dignity. In spite of the emancipation proclamation, he still sends signals of heartburn and frustration. Indeed, at the bank of American justice, his account has a permanent overdraft economically, politically and socially. The Church managed to rehabilitate him both as a human being and as a beneficiary of salvation by Jesus Chrsit. The Church, then, offered the Negro the setting of the composition and the development of both negro spirituals and gospel songs. Although these were previously intended for the praise and the glorification of God, the Negro has however been using both categories of music to protest against being enslaved, to make suggestions for a social change in equity and harmony. While singing these songs, the afroamerican found himself a talented artist who had to exploit his musicla genius far beyond the Church. The products of this exploitation and their commercialization helped the Negro gain respect and recognition as an artist. He discovered that he was somebody. A discussion about the importance of negro spirituals and gospel songs in the Afro-american's life is highlighting the important role played by both negro spirituals and gospel songs in the rehabilitation of the Negro as a human being, and the integration of the Afro-american into American society as a citizen.
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Luc-Rigobert Mbasegue Oyono. The importance of negro spirituals and gospel songs in the Afro-American's life from 1871 until today. Musicology and performing arts. Université Nancy 2, 1986. English. ⟨NNT : 1986NAN21001⟩. ⟨tel-02318013⟩

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