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Gospel Music (1989)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-02-5

Duration: 00:26:31

Subjects: Gospel Music | Religion | African American churches


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Jackson, Joyce Interviewee
  • True Light Baptist Church Choir Performer


This episode of the series “Folks” from February 5, 1989, focuses on gospel music. Sonya Masingale interviews Dr. Joyce Jackson, an ethno-musicologist at Louisiana State University (LSU), who discusses: the West African influences on gospel music, including contrasting colors and body movement; the black folk church; the history of gospel music; the connection between gospel music and secular music; and the African American roots of gospel music. Masingale also presents a performance by the choir at True Light Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.