When thinking of African-American culture, the two musical genres that most likely jump to the forefront of your mind are rap and jazz. But gospel music, while less commercial, has much deeper roots in the black American experience. In the documentary Rejoice and Shout, producer Joe Lauro and director Don McGlynn explore the 200 year history of African-American Christianity. They track the evolution of gospel music from the spirituals that rose out of slavery, to the rise of soul music in the civil rights era, up to today’s modern gospel, which combines elements of hip hop and rap. The film is packed with rare photos, recordings and performances featuring the likes of Smokey Robinson, Andrae Crouch and Marie Knight. What role has music played in your faith and vice versa? What is it about gospel music that makes it so inspirational?
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