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2024-04-24T13:59:53.000Z
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Video Title:
Georgia Sea Island Singers led by Mississippi Fred McDowell - "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning"
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Listen to the Georgia Sea Island Singers led by Mississippi Fred McDowell perform "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning," from their album 'The Complete Friends of Old Time Music Concert.' "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning" is a gospel blues, made famous by various blues artists including McDowell himself; performed here with the formidable voices of the Georgia Sea Island Singers, it rises and swells with new texture and depth. Purchase/Stream: Smithsonian Folkways: https://folkways.si.edu/georgia-sea-island-singers/the-complete-friends-of-old-time-music-concert Bandcamp: https://georgiaseaislandsingers.bandcamp.com/album/the-complete-friends-of-old-time-music-concert All other platforms: https://orcd.co/georgia-sea-island-singers-concert Bessie Jones, John Davis, and the Georgia Sea Island Singers gained wide renown during the 1960s and ‘70s for their powerful performances of traditional songs from the African American Gullah Geechee community on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Most in the group were born and raised on St. Simons, and could trace their ancestry to the enslaved West and Central Africans who worked on the island’s cotton plantations. Throughout the ‘60s, the Georgia Sea Island Singers were prominent voices in the civil rights movement, bringing hundreds of years of Black musical tradition to bear on a pivotal time in American history. This previously unheard recording captures their complete Friends of Old Time Music concert of April 1965, at which they were joined by legendary bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell, cane fife player Ed Young, and folklorist Alan Lomax, who acted as emcee. The album showcases a variety of traditional music from the Island and beyond, including stirring work songs, emotionally charged spirituals, jubilant songs for children, and revelatory renditions of Mississippi blues. Smithsonian Folkways: https://folkways.si.edu Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smithsonianfolkwaysrecordings Twitter: https://twitter.com/Folkways Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smithsonianfolkways Support our work! Become a Friend of Folkways: https://folkways.si.edu/friends-of-folkways The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (www.si.edu/copyright). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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3 min 33 sec
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music folk "Woody Guthrie" "Pete Seeger" Smithsonian Folkways old-time non-profit
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