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  1. spiritual, Negro spiritualnoun

    a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States


  1. negro spiritualnoun

    A genre of African American song, usually with a Christian text, and sung a cappella with no harmony; it developed into gospel music.


  1. negro spiritual

    Spirituals (also known as Negro spirituals, African American spirituals, Black spirituals, or spiritual music) is a genre of Christian music that is associated with Black Americans, which merged sub-Saharan African cultural heritage with the experiences of being held in bondage in slavery, at first during the transatlantic slave trade and for centuries afterwards, through the domestic slave trade. Spirituals encompass the "sing songs," work songs, and plantation songs that evolved into the blues and gospel songs in church. In the nineteenth century, the word "spirituals" referred to all these subcategories of folk songs. While they were often rooted in biblical stories, they also described the extreme hardships endured by African Americans who were enslaved from the 17th century until the 1860s, the emancipation altering mainly the nature (but not continuation) of slavery for many. Many new derivative music genres emerged from the spirituals songcraft.Prior to the end of the US Civil War and emancipation, spirituals were originally an oral tradition passed from one slave generation to the next. Biblical stories were memorized then translated into song. Following emancipation, the lyrics of spirituals were published in printed form. Ensembles such as the Fisk Jubilee Singers—established in 1871—popularized spirituals, bringing them to a wider, even international, audience. At first, major recording studios were only recording white musicians performing spirituals and their derivatives. That changed with Mamie Smith's commercial success in 1920. Starting in the 1920s, the commercial recording industry increased the audience for the spirituals and their derivatives. Black composers, Harry Burleigh and R. Nathaniel Dett, created a "new repertoire for the concert stage" by applying their Western classical education to the spirituals. While the spirituals were created by a "circumscribed community of people in bondage," over time they became known as the first "signature" music of the United States.


  1. negro spiritual

    A negro spiritual is a type of religious song associated with African-Americans, which originated during the period of slavery in the United States. These songs often expressed the deep spiritual faith, desire for freedom, and the hope and resilience of the enslaved people. They are characterized by their unique rhythms, adaptations of Biblical stories, repetitive choruses, and deeply emotional and symbolic lyrics. Negro spirituals are considered a distinct genre within African-American music and have greatly influenced various forms of later music like blues, jazz, and gospel.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Negro spiritual in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Negro spiritual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4


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