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TH 654 The Theology of Black Music: from Spirituals to Hip Hop

Black Music is a complex system of musical expressions that flows from the African continent through the channels of an ever-increasing Diaspora. Within the United States, Black Music has spanned from the moans, groans, cries and guttural utterances of the first displaced Africans to expressions of justice, liberty and equality in all subsequent formulations.

Scholars, musicians and historians have all analyzed the rich social commentary, political critique, economic commentary and cultural expressions found within the music. Often missing from the discussion and analysis is the revelation of a theology of Black Music.

This course will explore the expressions of Black Music through a theological and biblical frame availing a unique opportunity to unveil a theology of Black Music. Students will explore a variety of timeless and monumental recordings in order to chronicle and discern expressions and explorations of theology within and surrounding the music.

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