Playlist: The Sound of Gospel

Gospel music is the music of hope and fortitude even amid the greatest of odds. It is an expressive art form that has its roots not just in religion, but politics, history and culture. It is a sound of a people brought together by their difficult circumstances, looking for others to lean on in solidarity. Gospel music has such a powerful effect that it enabled communities to mobilize and elect politicians that would fight for their interests. Until today, its power cannot be discounted. Listen and be moved by the music.

Gospel music would not be what it is today if not for the impact left by Los Angeles in the late 60s and early 70s. Learn how Los Angeles played a role in the popularization of gospel music and how it helped elect L.A.’s first African American mayor, Tom Bradley on “Artbound.” Watch now.

Top Image: Gospel music in a church service | Image from "Artbound" How Sweet the Sound 

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