Dance Diaspora will present “I Wanna Get My Praise On II” the sequel to the 2007 show. “I Wanna Get My Praise On” is a story of the slaves in America-- “those who chose to survive”. The piece covers a very small part of a very large phenomenon called “Black Spiritual Music”.
“I Wanna Get my Praise On” is a tribute to the power of Spirituals and Hymns, and their uplifting presence throughout the “trauma” of the Black Experience in America. Spirituals and Hymns are forms of resistance that speak to the ancestral memory, not just of African Americans, but of Africans in the New World in their struggle for freedom. We are using the historical context of the struggle of Africans in the New World for freedom and equality. The power of this music is not stagnant, but has evolved as the people have struggled and triumphed through the capitalistic system.
This show will be an hour of singing and praise dancing to both recorded and live music. The Sun Don’t Ever Go Down and We Shall Not Be Moved will be featured spirituals in the show. Recorded music is from popular gospel female group, Mary Mary, along with songs Walk With Me, Troubles of the World, Move on Up a Little Higher, and Nobody Knows performed by community activists and soloists. It will end with a Second Line Ring Shout.
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