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Feb 9, 2014
Feel the rhythmic spirit of the Gullah people flow through you as inspiring vocal activist Melanie DeMore takes you on a journey to the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina. Unique among other groups of enslaved Africans, the Gullah lived in isolation, retaining much of their pure African traditions. Communal singing and dance were seen as vital to survival, and rhythm was deep in their souls. Through powerful spirituals performed by the VocalEssence Chorus in the Gullah tradition, stick pounding, hand clapping and foot stomping, Melanie will challenge all of us to connect with our neighbor and the music within us, because as Melanie says, “a song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you.”