Steven M. Allen
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Hold On!

Hold On! 

The Work Song is perhaps the most indigenous of the African Diaspora. Historically, they were created by slaves who incorporated rhythm, body movement and song into their daily tasks.  These songs often contained codified messages, stories from the Bible, and words of encouragement to one another. Knowing that those who plow should do so in hope.

From the fervent cries heard in the fields, or improvised rhythmic chants from workers on the docks, and the voices heard from victims of peonage, America was built from their labor and its history hidden in a Song.

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