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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sink 'Em Low - Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers

Bessie Jones leads a work song she first heard as a girl being sung by a road-crew chain gang in North Georgia in the nineteen-teens. With support by Big John Davis, Willis Proctor, and Henry Morrison.
The Georgia Sea Island Singers are a group of African Americans who travel the world to share the songs, stories, dances, games, and language of their Gullah heritage. Started sometime in the early 1900s and composed of many individuals over time, the current generation of singers includes Frankie Sullivan Quimby; her husband, Doug Quimby; and Tony Merrell. Together they have presented educational programs that testify about the history of enslaved Africans from coastal Georgia and celebrate the rich language, culture, and traditions that developed on and near the Sea Islands of the Georgia coast—in relative isolation from the rest of the South—for more than 200 years.
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