The Sound Of South African Gospel

Air Date:
Heard On The Odyssey Series
Album Cover, Rough Guide To South African Music, Compilation, World Music Network, 2003

Prologue: The term gospel music, first authored by Thomas A. Dorsey, the father of the genre in the U.S. became in the 1930s the new sound of Afrocentric sacred music – distancing itself from the sound of the spiritual. Over the next forty years, this new sound would capture the attention of audience across the nation. Its embrace in regions across the globe was something no one could have predicted – especially in regions like South Africa…

Soundbed: Tk 8 “Lefatshe La Dikhutsanyane”, Vuyo Mokoena & Pure Magic 4:15
The Rough Guide To South African Gospel

Episode Credits

  • Dr. Jonathan Øverby Host
  • Joe Hardtke Technical Director

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