Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray

Back to some more roots gospel from the Smithsonian Folkways collection. This is as raw, basic, and good as it gets.

This isn’t an old recording; it just sounds that way.  The female lead singer is Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock and now curator of the Community Life Division of the Smithsonian Institution.

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As an added bonus today, free of charge, I’ve included a link to a video of Bernice Johnson Reagon speaking with Bill Moyers on the subject, “The Songs are Free” where she explains how music has been used throughout black history to empower and show solidarity.

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