Fisk Jubilee Singer alum Geo Cooper in Chicago will host the 3rd Annual Jubilee Celebration on the Fisk Chapel on Oct. 6, featuring Valerie Simpson. The celebration will honor the late Skip Scarbrough and the duo of Ashford and Simpson. The Jubilee Singers will perform songs from Scarbrough.
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The World’s First Global Music Superstars
The world was introduced to the wonders of black music by the Fisk Jubilee Singers of Nashville, TN. who, in October of 1871, set off on a journey with a mission in mind; to save their beloved school from financial ruin.
Just six years removed from slavery, the Fisk Jubilee Singers traveled From Nashville northeast to Ohio and eventually New York, sometimes by rail, oft times by foot. They sang their way north, giving concert after concert until one night, they reached back past their prepared repertoire and evoked the spirits of their ancestors by singing the songs of the camp meetings and of their childhoods. We know these songs today as “Negro Spirituals” and in 1871, very few whites had ever heard the unique sounds coming from the nine young singers from Fisk. They started out with $50 but by the time they reached New York, packed concert halls and the resultant gate receipts eventually reached the then staggering sum of $20,000! They finished their last concert in Germany in 1878 and had built a world class university that still stands today!
FJSA Heritage Award Concert 2018