often talked about in music. But pieces
of information over here and over there
gives you insight on the BLACK harpists.
That just shows how the internet helps
alot. Knowledge is there on the internet,
but it takes some different methods
to find this info. Anyways, here is
the history of the African American Harpists
BY 1977, the Black Sacred Harp
State Convention made the decision
to present a man named Mr. ENochs
with a plaque. He received his plaque for
his long service with the company.
Shape Note singers have been
a part of the African American
community in MISSISSIPPI for many
many years. While it does not
get as much attention as it needs
because of racial issues, one
particular person is the exception.
Joe DAn BOyd’s article NEgro
Sacred Harp SOngsters in Mississippi
was published in the MIssissippi Folk
REgister in 1970. Also there was
a short segment of THEy sing of Heaven
which documents African American shape
note tradition a little.
There are some reasons
why there is obscurity involving
the Mississippi Sacred Harpists
and those being:
notation styles, tempo, mannersisms,
THe Black Sacred Harp
State Singing Convention uses
a scale of do re mi fa so la ti.
Other states use the fa sol la
fa so la mi scale scale.
Black Sacred Harp
singers of Mississippi transpose
the 4 note scale to 7 notes as tehy sing comes
from their decision to use BF White’s 4
Note Sacred Harp Book that was published
Black Mississippi Sacred Harp
singers also use a slower tempo and
enjoy the slower songs better.
THe 1992 Black Sacred Harp State
Convention has a special award ceremony
which acknowledges members for their
years of service and committment to
convention. Four members earned certificates
of Appreciation and other members earned
plaques for being founding and
active members of the convention since
African American shape note
singing started off in the AMerican
singing school movement which
came to the GREAT Awakening of the
early 1800s. It is not known WHAT
PART of Mississippi that the African
American Sacred Harp was introduced.