Fisk Jubilee Singers

Genres: Christian & Gospel
Descriptive "tags": gospel blues spirituals mississippi favorite Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Until the emergence of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, African-American church music was rarely if ever heard outside churches or the homes of black Americans. On 6 October 1871 a group of students at Fisk University, six female, five male, accompanied by a pianist, Ella Shepherd, and two university officials, a Miss Wells and George L. White, left Nashville, Tennessee, at the start of a fund-raising tour. The idea was White’s who, as treasurer of the university, was desperately seeking ways to ensure the continuation of Fisk, one of few educational establishments open to blacks. The tour was scheduled to last some weeks, possibly a few months. In fact, it was seven years before the group returned home! During this time the Singers appeared at many venues in the USA, including the World Peace Jubilee in Boston, Massachusetts, and then embarked on a visit to Europe where they sang for heads of state and royalty. In London, England, they performed for Queen Victoria,...

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