Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul: Fisk Jubilee Singers at World Cafe Live

29 Mar 2018
7:00 p.m.
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Fisk Jubilee Singers. Photo courtesy of the artist / Bill Steber. 

In conjunction with its Center-supported year-long project, Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul, WXPN presents The Fisk Jubilee Singers in concert at World Cafe Life. An a cappella ensemble from Fisk University in Nashville, The Fisk Jubilee Singers' history dates back to 1871. Recipients of a 2008 National Medal of Arts in 2008, the group performs spiritual and gospel songs under the direction of Dr. Paul T. Kwami.

Admission is free; RSVP required.

Through live performances, a radio documentary series, and a media-rich website, Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul explores the roots of gospel and its influence on secular popular music. Gospel’s stylistic elements have long been fused into secular popular musical genres, such as rock and roll, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. Featured artists include the iconic gospel quartet Dixie Hummingbirds, the contemporary R&B and soul-influenced McCrary Sisters, the 18-voice a cappella ensemble the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and the St. Thomas Gospel Choir of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas.