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The Color of SoundRace, Religion, and Music in Brazil$
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John Burdick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814709221

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814709221.001.0001

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The Bible Is Full of Prophecies

The Bible Is Full of Prophecies

Black Evangelical Musicians and Black Politics

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(p.159) 5 The Bible Is Full of Prophecies
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The Color of Sound
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John Burdick

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814709221.003.0006

This chapter considers how the identities cultivated within each of the musical scenes influence musicians' attitudes toward struggles for racial justice. Gospel samba artists have a weak record of supporting any of the causes just mentioned; rather, their mode of reaching out to the world remains fixed on religious evangelization. Gospel rappers, in contrast, have become involved in a variety of racial justice projects but, significantly, do not a take a leadership role in promoting them. Their identities as poor and young motivate them to lead projects intended to help the poor; when it comes to race-based initiatives, they participate primarily in secondary roles. At the end of the day, it turns out that it is the melody-based black gospel artists, catalyzed by their strong black identities, who are best represented as leaders of racial justice projects.

Keywords:   racial justice, gospel samba, gospel rap, black gospel, black identities

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