Revelations - Alvin Ailey

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What two types of African American music were used?
Spirituals and gospel songs, based on traditional folk songs and hymns and often narrate events from the Bible
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Why did the slaves have to convert to religions practiced in the New World?
Forced to abandon their own religions and so the gospel songs allowed expressions of individual and community religious experiences
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What did the exclusion of musical instruments in religious songs encourage the slaves to do?
Encouraged slaves to develop new traditions which incorporated aspects of their African heritage into their new Christian faith
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What was music to slaves?
It was an emotional involvement in worship which was more than a simple expression of faith. It acted like a religious experience and a whole body involvement of a strong physical response e.g. body swaying and rhythmical movements of the hands
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What religion was Ailey part of when he was growing up?
Baptist
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What African elements are included in the gospel songs used in Revelations?
Syncopation, monolithic weaving harmonies and a call and response structure
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What does Wade in the Water illustrate?
How the interconnected influences feed into the African American tradition
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What could spirituals carry?
Coded messages and advice to fugitives who needed o avoid capture, e.g. wading across a river was recommended in order to evade the blood hounds
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What do the songs used in Revelations express?
They provide a range of religious and socio-cultural meanings and express the suffering of slaves, a yearning for the deliverance from sin or freedom of slavery, desire of spiritual and cultural healing, deep faith and trust in a better life
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Why did the slaves have to convert to religions practiced in the New World?

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Forced to abandon their own religions and so the gospel songs allowed expressions of individual and community religious experiences

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What was music to slaves?

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What religion was Ailey part of when he was growing up?

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