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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Bob Marley - "Lion Of Judah" (Conquering Lion) five examples, lyrics, & comments

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part III of a three part series about the symbolical meanings of the lion among Rastas.

Part III of this series showcases five examples of Bob Marley performing his song "Lion Of Judah" (also known as "Conquering Lion"). Information about the title "Lion Of Judah" as it refers to Haile Selassie is presented in this post along with song lyrics, and comments from those examples' discussion threads.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/05/what-lion-means-in-rastafari-culture.html Part I of this series. Part I presents general information from Wikipedia about the meaning of the referent "Lion of Judah" and information from that page about the meaning of that term for Rastas. Part I also
presents excerpts about the symbolism of the lion from the 2011 book Dread Jesus by William David Spencer.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/05/five-rasta-records-that-mention-lion.html for Part II of this series. Part II features five sound files of Rastafari music that includes symbolic references to lions. Each of those records are mentioned in the text of the book excerpt given below.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, folkloric, religious, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Bob Marley for his life's legacy. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of this sound file and video on YouTube. ese examples on the editors of the Wikipedia page that is quoted in this post. Thanks also to William David Spencer, author of the book Dread Jesus and thanks to Dennis Forsythe who is quoted in the excerpts from that book which are featured in this post.

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INFORMATION ABOUT HAILE SELASSIE AND THE TITLE "LION OF JUDAH"
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastafari
"Rastafari is an Abrahamic belief which developed in Jamaica in the 1930s, following the coronation of Haile Selassie I as Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930. Its adherents worship him in much the same way as Jesus in his Second Advent, or as God the Father...

Haile Selassie I (1892–1975) was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. Rastafari say that he will lead the righteous into creating a perfect world called Zion....

Rastas may say that Haile Selassie I's coming was prophesied from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. Genesis, Chapter 1: "God made man in His own image." Psalm 2: "Yet I set my Holy king on My Holy hill of Zion." Psalm 87:4–6 is interpreted as predicting the coronation of Haile Selassie I. During his coronation, Haile Selassie I was given 38 titles and anointments taken from the Bible: "King of Kings," "Elect of God," "Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah the Author of Mankind," "the Power of Authority," etc. He also received acclaim from various Christian and Muslim leaders and clergy for the work he performed towards establishing world peace and the brotherhood of mankind — this being one of the primary reasons his followers hold him as a God incarnate. Rastas also refer to Haile Selassie I as "His Imperial Majesty" (or the acronym HIM) and "Jah Rastafari.".

According to tradition, Haile Selassie I was the 225th in an unbroken line of Ethiopian monarchs of the Solomonic dynasty. This dynasty is said to have been founded in the 10th century BC by Menelik I. Menelik I was son of the Biblical King Solomon and Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, who had visited Solomon in Israel. 1 Kings 10:13 claims "And King Solomon gave unto the Queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants." On the basis of the Ethiopian national epic, the Kebra Negast, Rastas interpret this verse as meaning she conceived his child...

The Lion of Judah is an important symbol to Rastas, for several reasons. The lion appears on the Imperial Ethiopian flag, used in Haile Selassie I's Ethiopia. In addition, the Ge'ez title Mo'a Anbesa Ze'imnegede Yihuda ("Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah") has been applied to Ethiopian Emperors, in their tradition beginning with Menelik I, said to be the son of king Solomon (c. 980 BC)."...

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SHOWCASE EXAMPLES
These showcases examples feature of Bob Marley performing his song "Lion Of Judah" ("Conquering Lion"). These examples are given in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest dated example presented first.

Example #1: Bob Marley & Wailers live Lion of Judah music hall



SoGuideAndProtectInI, Uploaded on Oct 17, 2008

THE CONQUERING LION BY THE TRIBE OF JUDAH

Bless the Truth in InI Creation
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This sound file and another example in this post that is given as Example #3 below may be from the concert that is showcased in this one hour plus sound file https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kdNJ5UKqKc "Bob Marley & the Wailers - 1976-04-25 - Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA Late Show". The first set of that sound file is given as "Setlist 1. "Rastaman Chant" - "Lion Of Judah" - "Keep The Faith""

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Example #2: Bob Marley-Lion The Juda Subtitulado multilenguaje (CC SET ALL LANGUAGES)



frankchacho, Published on May 22, 2009
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Selected comments from this sound file's discussion thread:
2011
tse4129
"they think lions r jesus but ther not thats dum jesus is a guy"

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frankchacho
"@tse4129 jesus man is a lion rock water plant air jesus love of nature is everywhere the love and the creation is the living god"

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NAVYWIFEONE
"@tse4129 they dont think YHWH is a lion that is a LIE ! ! the Most High son our savior is a man he is from the tribe of JUDAH which he he represents the lion his strength is like a lion ever hear the lion will lay down with the lamb? probably not !
you are so stupid"

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erkanutazo
"jesus is jesus,selassie is selassie,lion of judah is lion of judah....and JAH is JAH"

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2013
umberto il rasta
"NATTY SONG DREAD MUSIC!!! MARLEY THE LION OF REGGAE MUSIC...... GOD BLESS ALL"

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Example #3: Bob Marley The Conquering Lion (VIDEO IN HD)



conquerorthefirst, Uploaded on Feb 7, 2010

The Conquering Lion The ''One Love '' Bob Marley Tribute
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This video includes photographs and film clips of H.I.M. Haile Selassie.

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Example #4: Bob Marley Lion of Judah (Lycris)



jonas, Uploaded on Oct 30, 2010

Lycris:
The Lion of Judah shall break every chain,
The Lion of Judah shall break every chain,
The Lion of Judah shall break every chain, chain, chain.
Give us Jah victory again and again.

The Conquering Lion shall break every chain,
The Conquering Lion shall break every chain,
The Conquering Lion shall break every chain, chain, chain.
Give us Jah victory again and again.

The Lion of Judah shall break every chain,
The Lion of Judah shall break every chain,
The Lion of Judah shall break every chain, chain, chain.
Give us Jah victory again and again.
Give us Jah victory again and again.

In Mount Zion.
With King Alpha and Queen Omega.
Father and Mother of Creation.
Alleluia!
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Selected comments from this sound file's discussion thread:
2014
ricardo de kok
"great song !!!!!
to bad this song is not on a album of bob marley
R.I.P. robert nesta marley
your music helpt me thru good and bad times..."

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ziobender
"you are right brother, jahhhh rastafariii"

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Vince Williams
"Yes sir. The lion of Judah the lion on top of the mountain. No lion king. But the concept is the same. The father. Stood on the mountain n raise is son n all the animals in the jungle cams to give him praise. N the lion that stood on that mountain died. N gave is son. (Bob gong Sr..marley) the ring of his ancestors to keep for he believed in the gong. That's y. He became the gong. The father that created heavon n earth saw love. From Bob. Saw the Noah. The Abraham n etc. The love. My youth"

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2015
victor kitum
"My hero Bob, lion of Judah. Hail rasta"

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Example #5: BOB MARLEY LION OF JUDAH (CONQUERING LION) "AFRICA UNITE"



conquerorthefirst, Uploaded on Aug 6, 2011

Bob Marley: Conquering Lion of Reggae https://books.google.com/books/about/Bob_Marley.html?id=8e77kQAACAAJ
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This video includes film clips of H.I.M. Haile Selassie I.

The link is to the book Bob Marley: Conquering Lion of Reggae by Stephen Davis
(Plexus Publishing, Limited, Apr 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages)

Here are two comments from that video
idosermaniac99, 2015
"This is interesting that Haile Selassie was indeed born Leo."
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"Jah's Humblely Trying Servant, 2016
"+idosermaniac99 and so much more."
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The lion is the symbol for the astrological sun sign "Leo".

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Five Rasta Records That Mention "The Lion", "The Lion Of Judah" Or The "Conquering Lion"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a three part series* about the symbolical meanings of the lion among Rastas.

Part II features selected sound files and videos of Rastafari music that includes symbolic references to lions.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/05/what-lion-means-in-rastafari-culture.html Part I of this series. Part I presents general information from Wikipedia about the meaning of the referent "Lion of Judah" and information from that page about the meaning of that term for Rastas. Part I also
presents excerpts about the symbolism of the lion from the 2011 book Dread Jesus by William David Spencer.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, folkloric, entertainment, aesthetic, and religious purposes.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/05/bob-marley-lion-of-judah-conquering.html for Part III of this series. Part III showcases five examples of Bob Marley performing his song "Lion Of Judah" ("Conquering Lion").

*This series initially included just two posts.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all the singers and musicians whose songs are featured in this post.

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FEATURED EXAMPLES
These examples are presented in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest dated sound file or video given first.

Each of these records are mentioned in Part I of this series.

Example #1: The Itals - Don't Wake The Lion



NuToClassics, Uploaded on Jan 15, 2009

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Example #2: Yabby You - Conquering Lion



357chronic, Uploaded on Aug 12, 2010

roots natty roots rec. Trinidad&Tobago W.I

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Example #3: Judy Mowatt - Get up chant



Francesco Salzano Uploaded on Oct 26, 2010
From album "Love is overdue", 1987

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Example #4: Mystic Revealers - Conquering lion



carlos rossell, Uploaded on May 8, 2011

Mystic Revealers
conquerin lion
... Young Revolutionaries

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Example #5 JAH LION THE BLACK LION ~ Upfull Rastaman



ah toms, Published on Jan 27, 2013

Prod : Morwell Records ~ FRONT LINE RECORDS ~ Publ : Virgin Records ~ 1978 ~ 7'' ~ UK ~ Written : Eric"Bingy Bunny"Lamont, Maurice"Morwell"Wellington, Patrick"JahLlyod"Francis ~
"Sonds Of Reality"

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What "Lion" Means In Rastafari Culture

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part I of a three part series* about the symbolical meanings of the lion among Rastas.

This post presents general information from Wikipedia about the meaning of the referent "Lion of Judah" and information from that page about the meaning of that term for Rastas.

This post also presents excerpts about the symbolism of the lion from the 2011 book Dread Jesus by William David Spencer.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/05/five-rasta-records-that-mention-lion.html for Part II of this series. Part II features five sound files of Rastafari music that includes symbolic references to lions. Each of those records are mentioned in the text of the book excerpt given below.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2016/05/bob-marley-lion-of-judah-conquering.html for Part III of this series. Part III showcases five examples of Bob Marley performing his song "Lion Of Judah" ("Conquering Lion").

*This series initially included just two posts.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, folkloric, and religious purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the editors of the Wikipedia page that is quoted in this post. Thanks also to William David Spencer, author of the book Dread Jesus and thanks to Dennis Forsythe who is quoted in the excerpts from that book which are featured in this post.

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WIKIPEDIA PAGE EXCERPTS
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_of_Judah
"The Lion of Judah is the symbol of the Hebrew tribe of Judah (the Jewish tribe). According to the Torah, the tribe consists of the descendants of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob. The association between Judah and the lion, most likely the Asiatic lion, can first be found in the blessing given by Jacob to Judah in the Book of Genesis.[1] The Lion of Judah is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation, as a term representing Jesus, according to Christian theology.[2] The lion of Judah was also one of the titles of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and was depicted on the flag of Ethiopia from 1897-1974. Due to its association with Selassie, it continues to be an important symbol among members of the Rastafari movement...

Ethiopian history
Ethiopia's history as recorded and elaborated in a 13th-century treatise, the "Kebre Negest", asserts descent from a retinue of Israelites who returned with Makeda, the Queen of Sheba from her visit to King Solomon in Jerusalem, by whom she had conceived the Solomonic dynasty's founder Menelik I. As Solomon was of the tribe of Judah, his son Menelik I would continue the line, which according to Ethiopian history was passed directly down from King to King until Emperor Haile Selassie I (ostensibly the 225th king from King David) was deposed in 1974. Both Christian and Jewish Ethiopian history have it that there were also immigrants of the Tribes of Dan and Judah that accompanied Makeda back from her visit to Solomon; hence the Ge'ez motto Mo`a 'Anbessa Ze'imnegede Yihuda ("The Lion of Judah has conquered"), included among the titles of the Emperor throughout the Solomonic Dynasty. It is unknown whether John of Patmos was directly aware of this hereditary title when he penned it into the text of the prophecy.

The Lion of Judah motif figured prominently on the old imperial flag, currency, stamps, etc. and may still be seen gracing the terrace of the capital as a national symbol...

Rastafari movement
In the Rastafari movement "The Lion of Judah" mentioned in Genesis 49:9 and Revelation 5:5 is considered to be a reference to Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. Emperor Haile Selasie is believed to be the biblical lion of Judah because he was crowned on November 2, 1930 with the titles "KING of Kings, LORD of lords, Conquering Lion of Judah, Elect of God, the Light of the World" and is a descendant of the tribe of Judah through the lineage of King David and King Solomon."...

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EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK "DREAD JESUS"
by William David Spencer, Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jun 14, 2011 (Religion, 238 pages)
(from the Google book edition)
Page 66
..."[Dennis] Forsythe positions Selassie in the primary place of honor among all the ‘lions’ of “Black Power”, But now the lion concept, not necessarily any particular lion, not even the man crowned with the title ‘Lion of Judah’ is presented as what one should follow:

The lion in general is an international symbol of some of the more ‘ancient’ qualities which man have always cherished. He is the Emperor by Universal (popular) consensus, the universal specimen of nature’s compact wholeness and power, used by rich and poor alike, black and white.
Lest anyone misunderstand the magnitude of what he is saying, [Dennis] Forsythe drives this point home in a pivotal statement that opens the way for a post-Selassie Rastafari, even underlining the key points:*

Lionism transcends even Haille Selassie who merely came into the name of the ‘The Conquering Lion of Judah’ or as the 'man from Mount Zion.’ The face, features, and the presence of the Lion have become more firmly implanted on the consciousness of Rastas than the face of H.I.M.- it is becoming more openly acknowledged as representing the ideals and essence of the Rasta movement. Even the non-Rasta Jamaican population now associates lions immediately with Rastas. Since the fall of the Emperor from his Ethiopian throne by the military junta on September 13, 1974, the Lion totem (by itself) has become even more prominent.
Having laid all the groundwork, Forsythe proceeds to demythologize the figure of the fallen emperor:
Haile Selassie, in his person and at phrases of his life exhibited some of the qualities which make him a clear cut example of a Rasta man. Haile Selassie himself saw the African Lion as embodying a spiritual force higher than himself, and symbolizing both abstractly and concretely his ideals of African manhood. Haile Selassie tried, therefore, to fuse his power and spirit with that of the Lion...

In light of the importance of this lion-image to Rasta, we must view Haille Selassie I, as part of this larger and more universal concept of lionism, as a servant to the spiritual force of the lion, and in his concrete individual form, embodying some of his spirit.
Forstythe’s approach is brilliant, setting up the poles of ‘lionism’ and ‘anancyism’ and then locating the emperor within that larger schema....

Page 68
After all, ever since Haile Selassie had been crowned ‘Lion of Judah’, his potent lionine African image had fascinated Rastas. One of the earliest gospel songs appropriated by Rastas proclaimed: “The Lion of Judah shall break every chain/and give us the victory again and again. This phase is weaved through many Rastafarian songs, just as the image of the lion is ubiquitous throughout Rasta artwork, eventually finding its way into craftwork, carvings, paintings, and on album covers.

page 69
...As the depiction of a lion appears everywhere throughout Rastafari, so does the traditional hymn applied to Haile Selassie echo in the Morwells’ “Jah Lion”..., in the Mystic Revealers “Conquering Lion”, in Judy Morwatt’s beautiful “Get Up Chant”... The Conquering Lion is also extolled in Yabby You’s song of that name on “One Love One Heart”.

...the reference [to a lion in the Ital’s song “Don’t Wake The Lion”] was not simply to Haile Selassie: “It was a universal reference, This generalization of the “Lion Heart” that can be stirred to anger by evil, whether it be the emperor’s or a greater universal Jah’s or an individual Rasta’s heart, is the response of Rastas to the leonine aspect of the emperor. As “Samson” and “Moses” before Selassie, the Rasta can be a “Black Lion” as Jah Lion sings. Rastas have a ‘lion heart’ intones Carl Hawkins on his Nonstop to River Jordan 12 inch 1983 Sydcal title track. The ‘Rastaman’ is the ‘Roaring lion’ chant Albert Griffiths and the Gladiators on their Symbol of Reality title song, for, as the Roots Radics explain on their Forward Ever, Backwards Never collection Rasta is “Strong Like A Lion”. Perhaps the best summary of the implications of identifying with the emperor can be found on Winston ‘Burning Spear’ Rodney’s 1991 Jah Kingdom, a logical follow through of his 1976 plea to spare the African symbol (Don’t kill the) Lion’ , In Jah Kingsom, all kind of Rastas, Twelve Tribes, Bobo Dreads, Nyabinghi, are considered to be lions in the reign of Jah. Clearly, when Dennis Forsythe centered the image of the lion, he had pierced to the central core of what it meant to be Rasta."
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*The sentences or words that are underlined in these excerpts are given here in italics.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"Shuffle Along" Musical (1921 & 2016) with videos about the 2016 musical

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents information about the 1921 Broadway musical "Shuffle Along" as well as information about the adaptation of that musical which opened on Broadway at the end of April 2016. Four videos about the 2016 "Shuffle Along" musical are also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for historical, cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and all those who were involved in the 1921 musical "Shuffle Along" and all those who are involved in the 2016 adaptation of that musical. Thanks also to all who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT "SHUFFLE ALONG" (1921)
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuffle_Along
"Shuffle Along is a musical with music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, and a thin revue-style connecting plot about a mayoral race, written by Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles.[1][2]

The piece premiered on Broadway in 1921, running for 504 performances – an unusually long run during that decade. It launched the careers of Josephine Baker, Adelaide Hall,[3] Florence Mills, Fredi Washington and Paul Robeson, and became such a hit that it caused "curtain time traffic jams" on West 63rd Street.[4] It had brief revivals in 1933 and 1952. A 2016 Broadway adaptation, Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, has a book by George C. Wolfe about the challenges of mounting the original production and its effect on Broadway and race relations.

Background[edit]
The four writers were African-American Vaudeville veterans who first met in 1920 at a NAACP benefit that was held in Philadelphia.[5] None of the four had ever written a musical, or even appeared on Broadway.[6] Promoters were skeptical that a black-written and produced show would appeal to Broadway audiences. After finding a small source of funding, Shuffle Along toured through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. However, with little funding, it was difficult to meet travel and production expenses, and the cast rarely got paid. When the show came back to New York, about a year later, during the Depression of 1920–21, the production owed $18,000 and faced strong competition on Broadway in a season that included Ziegfeld's Sally and a new edition of George White's Scandals. It was only able to book a remote theater on West 63rd Street. In the end, however, the show turned a substantial profit.[5][6]

Miller and Lyles wrote thin, jokey dialogue scenes to connect the songs: "The plot of Shuffle Along was mainly to allow an excuse for the singing and dancing."[2] But the musical drew repeat audiences due to its jazzy music styles, which were a modern, edgy contrast to the mainstream song-and-dance styles that audiences had seen on Broadway for two decades. The show's dancing and sixteen-girl chorus line were more reasons why the show was so successful.[5][7] It introduced musical hits such as "I'm Just Wild about Harry", "Love Will Find a Way", and "In Honeysuckle Time". The musical launched or boosted the careers of Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson, Florence Mills, Fredi Washington and Adelaide Hall.[2] The show also contributed to the desegregation of theaters in the 1920s, giving many black actors their first chance to appear on Broadway. Once the show left New York, it toured for three years and was, according to Barbara Glass, the first black musical to play in white theaters across the United States.[5][7] Its appeal to audiences of all races and celebrities such as George Gershwin, Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Langston Hughes and critic George Jean Nathan, helped to unite the white Broadway and black jazz communities and improve race relations in America.[5][6][8]

Music Eubie Blake
Lyrics Noble Sissle
Book F. E. Miller, Aubrey Lyles
Productions
1921 Broadway
1933 Broadway revival
1952 Broadway revival
2016 Broadway adaptation"

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2016 ADAPTATION OF "SHUFFLE ALONG"
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuffle_Along,_or,_the_Making_of_the_Musical_Sensation_of_1921_and_All_That_Followed
"Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed is a musical with a score by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and a libretto by George C. Wolfe, based on the original book of the 1921 musical revue Shuffle Along, by Flournoy Miller, and Aubrey Lyles. The story focuses on the challenges of mounting the original production of Shuffle Along and its effect on Broadway and race relations.
The musical began previews on Broadway in March 2016 and stars Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter. The initial critical response has been mostly positive, with especial praise from many critics for McDonald's performance.

Background
When Blake, Sissle, Miller and Lyles decided to collaborate on Shuffle Along, they were all Vaudeville veterans, but none of them had ever written a musical or appeared on Broadway.[1] After finding a small source of funding, Shuffle Along toured through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. However, with little funding, it was difficult to meet travel and production expenses, and the cast rarely got paid. The show came back to New York about a year later, during the Depression of 1920–21. The production owed $18,000 and faced strong competition in a Broadway season full of spectacles, such as Sally – a Ziegfeld musical – and another edition of George White's Scandals. It was only able to book a remote theater on West 63rd Street.[1][2]

Nevertheless, Shuffle Along was a surprise hit, running for 504 performances, turning a substantial profit and spawning tours and spin-offs.[1][2][3] The show launched or greatly boosted the career of cast members including Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson, Florence Mills, Fredi Washington and Adelaide Hall, and the song "I'm Just Wild About Harry" became a popular standard.[4] The show's energetic dancing and catchy jazz score drew enthusiastic repeat audiences of all races, and celebrities such as George Gershwin, Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Langston Hughes and critic George Jean Nathan, helping to unite the white Broadway and black jazz communities and improve race relations in America.[1][2][5]

Wolfe's book adds a white character who embodies the comments by white critics and other outsiders on Shuffle Along.[3]”...

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FEATURED VIDEOS
These videos are presented in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest dated video given first.

Video #1: Shuffle Along Broadway commercial



Julie Lui Published on Sep 10, 2015

I recorded this commercial from my TV since as of this moment you can't find it online.

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Video #2: American Musical Shuffle Along



Vanessa Painter Published on Sep 21, 2015

from Broadway: The American Musical, this clip is about the musical Shuffle Along. Posted for my American Musical Theatre course at Walsh University.
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Selected comments from this video's discussion thread
2016
Meliyu
"Josephine Baker! ninth from the right 1:09"

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The Actual Noble Sissle Family
"Where is the background on Sissle in this video? The Sissle and Blake duo was an extraordinary team whose opposite life experiences help to synthesize unique contributions into their musical creations. Ask Bob Kimball who appears in this video. Better yet, get a copy of his book "Reminiscing With Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake" and see what these guys did before and beyond Broadway. This book and Blake's Autobiography "Eubie" is all over eBay and Amazon.

Don't overlook the information about James Reese Europe and Sissle and Blake's association with him before "Shuffle Along" and Europe and Sissle's development of the famous Harlem 369th Hellfighters Regimental Band during World War 1.

You will be hearing a lot about Europe and the 369th as we approach the centennial of The Great War in 2017-2018. YouTube has quite a lot on this subject. Go Audra and welcome to this part of American History!

Alberta Hunter was not in Shuffle Along. Andre De Shields you are dead on with "Love Will Find Away.""

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Leontyne Price
"My copy of Mr. Blake's memoirs are one of my most prized possessions. What an extraordinary man!!!! This memoir is sadly out of print. Will need to contact the publishers in order to fix this."

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Video #3: "Broadway babies" join the cast of "Shuffle Along"



CBS Sunday Morning Published on Apr 24, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical "Shuffle Along," one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, is about to open on Broadway. Working alongside such Tony-winning Broadway legends as Savion Glover, Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell are young performers making their debut on the Great White Way. Maurice DuBois gives "Sunday Morning" a peak backstage before the curtain goes up.

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Video #4: Remixing ‘Shuffle Along,’ a musical that brought new sounds and moves to Broadway



PBS NewsHour, Published on Apr 29, 2016

Almost everything has been forgotten about "Shuffle Along," the 1921 Broadway musical written, performed and directed by African Americans. But the production was hugely influential, altering the evolution of the art form. Now there's a new "Shuffle Along," a new musical about the original, starring Audra McDonald and choreography by Savion Glover. Jeffrey Brown reports.

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