Standing on My Heritage
Some parts of the African American Heritage is gradually being dismissed and it is my desire to preserve a particular historical segment of our heritage. The hymns sung on this CD were sung by our African American forefathers from the " Primitive Baptist Hymns" book of spiritual songs and poems; entered into Congress in 1841. When our forefathers arose from slavery and started their own churches most could not read or write. Those who could read would perform what was called "lining out" or "giving out a hymn" which is still being done today. This practice allowed all participants to sing in a congregational setting and style according to the words they heard. All hymns are headed according to their poetic composition with different meter designations (ie. CM, LM, PM, SM, 11's 7's, etc). These hymns on this CD bring back memories of days gone by. Introduces others to a style of singing they may have never heard before and helps to retain a part of the African American Heritage. The style of singing on this album originates in Eastern North Carolina and no one has done any recordings of this type of hymn singing. 'Old primitive Baptist Hymns' all sung acapello.