African rhythms, ideas of sin and the Hammond organ: A brief history of gospel music’s evolution

By Robert Stephens, Professor of World Music, University of Connecticut. A choir sings traditional gospel music. Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller The enslaved Africans who first arrived in the British colony of Virginia in 1619 after being forcefully removed from their natural environments left much behind, but their rhythms associated with music-making journeyed with them across the…



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