A Colonial Fair with music by Jubilee Voices!
Washington Revels Jubilee Voices returns to the Colonial Market Fair at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum for a second consecutive year! Journey through the spirituals, shouts, hollers, and work songs that bound together African American communities in the 18th and early 19th Centuries. History, stories, poetry, and audience participation will be interwoven throughout the Voices’ performances at 1:30 and 3:00 pm both days. You’ll learn the roots of early African American rituals and song, hear about the lives of Africans in early America, and participate in traditions such as the ring shout.
Jubilee Voices is committed to preserving and sharing African American history, music and traditions. Using a cappella music, drama and dance, Jubilee Voices presents songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, and of trials and triumphs. The group, inaugurated in 2010, now performs regularly at heritage sites throughout the Washington, DC area. Jubilee Voices has made appearances on the PBS show “Time Team America,” and on the “CNN Situation Room” (celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation). Music from the ensemble was also featured in the finale of the PBS Civil War drama, “Mercy Street.”