Deep River Podcast

Deep River Podcast

In 1619 the first enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown, Virginia. In the time since then the world has borne witness to numerous musical art forms created by them and their descendants. At the heart of this indelible musical footprint are the songs called Afro-American folk music, slave songs, Negro spirituals or simply, the Spirituals. Where did they begin? How were they created in the souls of an oppressed and suffering people? What did they mean then and what do they mean today? Join host, Paul Anderson II as we explore the history, origin and meaning behind the Spirituals. Welcome to the Deep River Podcast.


August 29, 2021 57 sec

Welcome to the Deep River Podcast. In this program we’ll explore the compelling story, sound and impact of the Negro Spirituals. What echoes of the past can be heard in their tune? What stories can they tell? I hope you’ll join me as we dive into the origin, history and meaning, behind the Spirituals.

“There is a body of American sacred songs commonly called Negro spirituals. These songs express – both in their words and in the way ...

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