• Welcome . . . to the African Diaspora Sacred Music & Musicians (ADSMM). A program of the CSU Dominguez Hills Music Department.
  • Georgia & Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music An Archive that facilitates research and documentation of collections of African Diaspora sacred music.
  • Legacy Musicians Library The library features sheet music by African Diaspora composers, arrangers, lyricists, or publishers as well as sheet music about the state.
  • Jester Hairston Film Project A 60-minute film, "Amen - the Life and Work of Jester Hairston".
  • Performances ADSMM Living Legends Festivals
  • NEH Research Projects Extending the Reach is a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the Archive/Curricular Resource for the Study of African Diaspora Sacred Music in Southern California.
  • CCH Research Projects “I Can Tell The World” about the Shambray Chorale Project – Los Angeles African Diaspora Musical Legacies.


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From the Program Director - About ADSMM

h caldwell 400The African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (ADSMM) Program is an archiving, research and performance program of the CSU Dominguez Hills Music Department, implemented in partnership with the University Africana Studies Department and the University Library. The program is multidimensional, and includes the Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music, the Dominguez Hills Jubilee Choir, and the African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians Network and Forum. The ADSMM also presents an African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians Performance Program, highlighted by the Annual Living Legends Festival.

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Research Project
A research project whose objectives are to create an evidence-based model of how the spiritual achieves its strengthening and healing effects, and to use that information as a guide to composing new music in the spirituals genre.

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Newest Project
The African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians Program and its Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive is in undertaking the development of a 60-minute film on the life and work of Dr. Jester Hairston.

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Payton Archive
The biographies and, whenever possible, the personal papers of the highly accomplished sacred music genre African Diaspora musicians of Southern California are being preserved in the Georgia & Nolan Payton Archive.



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