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Magnolia Singers

Gullah Spirituals


The Magnolia Singers preserve the rich tradition of Gullah music and spirituals. They have performed throughout the Charleston area for corporate events, concerts, and special occasions, including singing at Piccolo Spoleto and with the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra. The Magnolia Singers offer an entertaining glimpse into the roots of American music. 

Gullah music and spirituals are the "life music" of slavery. Gullah music sustained and encouraged slaves through the experience of praise. Listening to Gullah spirituals, audiences hear anguished voices, sense the courage to endure, and feel the satisfaction Gullah music offered the soul. Gullah music and spirituals created community and allowed slaves to pass coded messages of resistance and escape.

The Magnolia Singers bring Gullah music and spirituals to life. They celebrate the cultural heritage of this almost forgotten art form. In the tradition of the call and response, the Magnolia Singers invite audiences to join the universal experience of hope that is always the Gullah spiritual's central theme. Through Gullah spirituals, audiences also experience America's most authentic music. Jazz, blues, ragtime, gospel and 'soul music' all have their roots in the rhythm and improvisational style of Gullah music. The Magnolia Singers capture this collective experience as singers branch out in the course of a single song, each varying verse, tune and tempo, to weave a tapestry of music.

Magnolia Singers Song List

Amazing Grace
Archie Me Min Um
Certainly Lawd
Children Go Where I Send
Clap My Hands
Come and Go
Come by Yah
Come on in the Room
Deep River
Down by the Riverside
Draw Leble
Drinkin of the Wine
Fault Een Me
Fo’ Day Clean
Free at Last
Funga (Welcome Song)
Glory, Glory
Go Tell it on the Mountain
Great Day
Great Getting’ up Morning
He Arose
Hice Dah Winduh Nora
I Done Done
I Look Down the Road
I’m Pressin’ On
Lebe yuh een dah hans
Maybe the Last Time
Nobody Fault but Mine
Plenty Good Room
Promus Lan’
Pure Legion
Run Children Run
Saints Go Marching In
Scandalize My Name
So Glad I’m Here
Somebody Yuh
Steal Away
Swing Low
There’s a Lily in the Valley
They’ll be Singing
This Little Light of Mine
This Love I Have
Wade in the Water
Walkin’ Shoe
We are One
Welcome Table
Whose Side you Leanin’ on
Woke up Dis Mornin’
Your Love is Lifting Me

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