The roots of the Gullah culture began in Sierra Leone, Gambia, Senegal, and Angola. Of the many influences that came from this region, music played a major role.African songs and the foundation from which they came are deeply rooted in what evolved into Negro spirituals, slave songs, and now celebrated as Gullah music. You will also find Gullah influence in Jazz and Blues.
Perhaps most famously, the Gullah culture produced two iconic songs; “Michael Row the Boat Ashore (or Michael Row Your Boat Ashore) believed to have been written about a slave who would row his mistress across Beaufort Bay, and Kum Bah Yah, which phrase is in the Gullah dialect. Traditional Gullah music makes use of hand-clapping, foot-stomping, gourds with seeds (not unlike maracas) and African drums, but typically no other instruments. The Gullah Kinfolk have perfected this musical style and revel in keeping tradition alive.
Recorded in one of Charleston, South Carolina’s most historic churches, Songs Uv Dee Gullah Pee’puls speaks to generations; both young and old and easily transcends all cultural barriers, satisfying all lovers of true music history.
Recorded “Live” at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort (the heart of Gullah Country) this collection of authentic Gullah spirituals features musical numbers that hail from lifetimes of church performances; culminating in a monumental stage production that literally brought the house down.