Thursday, June 7, 2012

Biblical References In African American Religious Songs (Part II - New Testament)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part post on Biblical References in African American religious songs. Part II focuses on New Testament references.

Click for Part I of this post.

The content of this post is presented for historical, religious, and aesthetic purposes. The copyrights remain with their owners.

My thanks to the unknown and known composers, the arrangers, vocalists, and musicians, and uploaders of these sound files and videos.


Video #1: Paul Robeson - Mary had a Baby

Uploaded by jonjamg on Aug 20, 2010

"Robeson sings this well known Christmas Song"...

Video #2: Go Tell It On The Mountain - Mahalia Jackson

Walter Robinson, Uploaded on Dec 10, 2011

Video #3: "God Told Nicodemus" (1941)- The Golden Gate Quartet

Uploaded by JayEm86 on Feb 6, 2009

"Old, jubilee style quartet singing from these legends."
This song sounds very much like the Jubalaire's "Noah" which is featured in Part I of this post. Both songs are from the 1940s. I'm not sure which of those two songs was recorded first.

Video #4: Mahalia Jackson- There is a Balm in Gilead

Uploaded by DaSourcespr06 on May 7, 2008

"One of my own personal favorites of Mahalia Jackson, "There Is A Balm In Gilead"!"
Click for Karen Clark-Sheard’s contemporary Gospel song "There Is A Balm In Gilead" 1997).

Video #5: . Odetta at Carnegie Hall - Hold on (gospel plow)

Uploaded by wecms on Feb 27, 2012

"Hold on (the gospel plow) was recorded in Odetta live concert at Carnegie Hall on April 8, 1960"...
This Gospel song is also known as "Keep Your Hand On The Plow". The song was reborn in the 1960s civil rights movement in the United States as "Keep Your Eye On The Prize".

Video #6: In HIS Presence Gospel Choir - Ride On King Jesus!!!

Uploaded by myfleshdiesdaily on May 6, 2007

"One of our or should I say the crowds favorites. We originally got this from Stoneybrook but we rock it. Harder? Well, you be tha judge lol...sing yall!!!"

Video #7: Rev. James Cleveland - Peace Be Still

Uploaded by Tyrelle Chambers on Jul 5, 2011

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