After more than 15 years of researching African-American spirituals, Auburn University professor and professional singer Rosephanye Powell has released a CD titled "Motherless Child."
Powell, a professor in Auburn's College of Liberal Arts, said African-American spirituals, songs that enabled slaves to develop a sense of community, are considered by many anthropologists to be the first true American folk songs.
She has taken the traditional spirituals and given them a mix of R&B, urban, gospel and jazz feel.
By updating the sound, Powell says she hopes to spark a renewed interest in the African-American spiritual in mainstream America so that this part of black history isn't lost.
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"Motherless Child" CDs and mp3 downloads are available online at cdbaby.com, iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon.com.
For more information or to view music videos, visit www.inkhornmusic.com or www.rosephanyepowell.com.