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Traditional gospel music - The Galveston County Daily News: Faith

October 28, 2016

Traditional gospel music

Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:30 am

The roots of traditional gospel music lie in the pre-Civil War plantations.

Ethnomusicologists explain that its familiar call-and-response formula came from Africa, its basic meter and melody were adapted from the 19th century hymns sung in mainstream American churches, and its soulful essence mark it as a descendant of the first spirituals sung by Southern slaves.

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