be cultured—know this

Today in the U.S. marks the first official day of what’s called Black History Month. One of the best kept (poorly marketed?) African American cultural secrets is the phenomenon of the black college glee club. There’s a reason they are among the few American musical entities that have performed for the Queen of England.  This classical tradition dates back to the earliest founding of many American historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and to their unique artistic microcultures. They can be all female, all male or mixed but in all cases their sound and especially their classical renditions of negro spirituals are among the most unique in the world.  This was enjoyed on facebook when I posted it. It’s a video of the Morehouse College glee club singing their famous rendition of Betelehemu. It’s an effective if scaled down traveling ensemble but with enough of the theatre of the full glee club. And the soloist is excellent.

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