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About The African Diaspora of Sacred Music & Musicians Program (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.

Throughout the twentieth century, Los Angeles has been the destination of African Diaspora musicians. Composers, performers, teachers and scholars have traveled various pathways to make Los Angeles either a temporary or a permanent new home, or a brief stop on a professional visit. This flow of African Diaspora musicians has had a significant impact upon both the secular and the sacred musical life of the city. The overall focus of the ADSMM Program is to collect, to preserve through archival acquisition and contemporary performance, and to research the life and work of African Diaspora musicians whose sacred musical art has been created and/or performed in Southern California. Indeed, the Spiritual lives in Southern California! The collection of oral histories is central to the work of the ADSMM program, and special emphasis is given to the preservation of the Spiritual

Dr. Hansonia Caldwell
Program Director

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