Tuesday, October 30, 2012

'Great Day! Indra Thomas Sings Spirituals' on Delos CD

[Great Day!  Indra Thomas Sings Spirituals; Delos DE 3427 (2012)]

Henry Thacker Burleigh (1866-1949) and Margaret Allison Bonds (1913-1972) are profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features 
a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography for each by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com 

Burleigh arranged Give Me Jesus; Deep River; Steal Away; and There Is A Balm in Gilead.  Bonds arranged He's Got the Whole World in His Hands.

Delos Music

Great Day! Indra Thomas Sings Spirituals

"It’s almost an instinctive, out-of-body experience for me. I feel totally connected to what I grew up with – and I still feel, like I did then, as if God is working through me – using me as His extension to reach my audience and touch their souls." — Indra Thomas

Thus did great American Diva Indra Thomas describe how it feels to perform spirituals – which (along with ragtime, blues and jazz) remain one of the main musical legacies of African-American slavery. While it seems ironic that the blessing of spirituals grew out of the curse of slavery, the genre – with its primary themes of Christian belief, biblical storytelling, manic jubilation, and sweet relief from earthly suffering in the next life – has remained one of America’s most cherished musical artifacts worldwide. This album offers examples of many different types of spirituals, to include some that are believed to have conveyed "codes" among the cruelly oppressed slaves to aid them in escaping to freedom.

Track Listing:

  1. I Feel The Spirit
  2. Honor, Honor
  3. Give me Jesus
  4. His Name So Sweet
  5. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  6. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
  7. He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
  8. Deep River
  9. Guide My Feet
  10. Witness
  11. This Little Light
  12. Steal Away
  13. Ride on, King Jesus
  14. Let Us Break Bread Together
  15. Great Day
  16. Were You There
  17. There is a Balm in Gilead

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