Monday February 09, 2015
Sweet Honey in the Rock is an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble. They are an American Grammy Award winning (and many times nominated) troupe who express their history as African-American women through song, dance, and sign language. Originally a four-person ensemble, the group have expanded to five-part harmonies, with a sixth member acting as a sign-language interpreter. Although the members have changed over three decades, the group continue to sing and perform worldwide
According to Carol Lynn Maillard, an original ensemble member, they have empowered their audience community through their music that promotes humanity and justice. Indeed, many black Americans have applauded them for their essential presence in the scene in which America has been uncovered. So, many hail the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf and physically impaired one. “We say we are for all humankind so that we have to have a sign language for those not hearing what we sing,” Shirley Childress Saxton, sign language interpreter of the group, says. Having performed worldwide the group is now in Ethiopia, the land they call “epicenter” in the history of black people. And their performance at the American embassy in Addis Ababa on Monday was augmented by songs of freedom and victory.
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