British Black Gospel

British Black Gospel : The Foundations of This Vibrant UK Sound

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The first exploration of the history of UK black gospel music, featuring a foreword from a leadingfigure in British gospel Gospel music is a rapidly emerging genre and its effect and influence on other areas of the record industry cannot be underestimated. The style of gospel is wide, and apart from the traditional hymn-based choir arrangements there is a whole range of subgenres incorporating soul, jazz, funk, reggae, r'n'b, calypso, classical music, hip hop, and praise and worship which form part of this colorful and inspirational market.The roots of modern black gospel are traced herefrom 19th-century black pioneers such as Thomas Rutling and the Fisk Jubilee Singers to the contemporary sound of the London Community Gospel Choir.Steve Alexander Smithtells this story with a wealth of anecdotes, photos, and research that includesmore than 100 personal interviews.An accompanying audio CD celebratesthe spectrum of British black gospel."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3mm | 454g
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745955312
  • 9780745955315

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"Amust read for anyone who has the slightest interest in the development of this musical genre in Britain. . . . It is amazing that this is a first book on the subject and I hope that there is more to come." Bishop Dr. Joe Aldred, Churches Together in England"
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About Steve Alexander Smith

Steve Smith is a senior medical laboratory scientist withmore than35 years of experience playing and teaching drums withinvarious Pentecostal churches. He has written articles for "New Nation" and "The Voice." Noel Robinson has worked with many different artists as a guitarist and musical director, including Chaka Khan, Elton John, and Mariah Carey. He heads a ministory and a recording and production company, and has won several British Gospel Oasis Awards."
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