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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.

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