Music in the Black Religious Experience and Rena Smart Book Review (video)
R.M. Simmons presentation, Rena Smart book review
Society for the Study of Black Religion Collection
R.M. Simmons of the Gospel Music Workshop of America gives a presentation on the African influence in the African American religious experience. He explains how African slaves brought to America their concept of music (utilitarian concept of music). Simmons further discusses the fusion between the utilitarian concept and the Western concept of religion resulting in spirituals. He also describes hymn categories in early forms of formal African American worship experiences. Simmons takes questions from the audience among which is Dr. Riggins Earl Jr. Video concludes with a book review on Christian Theology and Ethics by Rena Smart.
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Simmons, R.M. and Smart, Rena, "Music in the Black Religious Experience and Rena Smart Book Review (video)" (1980). Society for the Study of Black Religion Collection, Audio-Visual Recordings. 9.
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