Thursday, August 19, 2010

American old-time religion, South African style

In our last post, I spoke of "coming home" in the Northern Cape to the "old-time religion" of the United States. The videos below contain the most striking example of that from the weekend. This group of young men is called The Friends, and they have an incredible sound.

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-Joe

4 comments:

  1. Joe, please sign me up for their first recording! If you didn't take your mandolin on this visit, you surely better next time, and I'll want a recording of that--American black gospel meets American bluegrass gospel in the Northern Cape province!

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  2. Joe, That's also part of the intrigue of the Northern Cape for me--I could imagine myself for the first time really playing bluegrass mandolin in South Africa. I was so moved that I did sing one of my grandpa's old gospel songs as a solo during the Saturday night service which started out something like a talent show with different people offering all sorts of numbers--a truly great time.

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  3. After my attempts to teach it in Itipini, I thought "Swing Low" was completely unknown in S.A. So glad to be corrected!

    -Jesse

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