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Roger Anderson Chorale Salute to Black History Month

Spirituals included in their upcoming concert “A View of Paradise”.

Encinitas CA— The Roger Anderson Chorale will include three Traditional Spirituals in their upcoming concerts March 3rd and March 4th.  These are Ride The Chariot, I’ve Got Shoes”, and My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord.  Spirituals, sung by slaves in the fields, had coded lyrics. Miles Mark Fisher, in his book, Negro Slave Songs in the United States, states, “Negroes did not sing other-worldly songs like white people, or, if they did, their meaning expressed frustrated this-worldly desires.  “Ride the Chariot,” meant the escape attempt is tomorrow.  The hidden meaning in “I Got Shoes” is freedom.  Negro slaves did not have shoes.

The Chorale will also sing two songs in Swahili; the Grammy award winning ‘Baba Yetu’ and ‘Kuimba’”.  Christopher Tin composed Baba Yetu in 2005 for the video game Civilization IV.  Victor C. Johnson of Dallas Texas composed Kuimba using the Swahili for sing with joy; sing of peace, sing of love.

The program will round out with works by contemporary composers Ola Gjeilo and Daniel Elder.  Gjeilo set the Gregorian chant, Ubi Caritas to modern harmonies.  Elder uses influences from electronic dance music with its repetitive beat to set his mystical poem Ballade To The Moon.


 A View of Paridise
  • March 3 at 7pm; Encinitas Library; 540 Cornish Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024
  • March 4 at 4 pm; Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church- 17010 Pomerado Rd. San Diego, CA 92128

Tickets: $20 – $25

Tickets are available at or at the door.

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