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“I Can Tell The World”



The Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive of the CSU Dominguez Hills African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians (ADSMM) Program has received a grant from the California Story Fund of the California Council for the Humanities to support the project: “I Can Tell The World” Project Los Angeles African Diaspora Musical Legacies.

The Shambrey Chorale

The project proposes to conduct individual and Round-Table oral history interviews of the Legacy musicians from the Shambrey Chorale and to present a photo-documentary history of this ensemble in an audio-visual program developed for cable and internet, and in a traveling exhibit to be displayed at several of the community colleges, high schools and churches of the CSU Dominguez Hills service area. The project will explore the evolution of sacred musical practice in Los Angeles by focusing upon the members of one of the most distinguished of the choirs of the community – the Shambrey Chorale. This ensemble was an example of a locally celebrated ecumenical community choir, whose history and musical skill provides an excellent introduction to the sustaining, community-building power of African American musical practice.

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California Story Fund


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