In The Ring Shout, Some Of The Oldest African American Music

Sep 20, 2019

America’s musical traditions are deeply rooted in African music, and one of the very first African musical traditions to come to North America is what we now call the Ring Shout.

The rhythmic call and response singing came with people from West Africa brought to the Southern coast as slaves. Today it is practiced by their descendants, the Gullah and Geechee people of the South Carolina and Georgia coast.


As part of our GPB Loves Music series, GPB’s Grant Blankenship and Cindy Hill introduce us to a Georgia group that keeps the shout alive, the McIntosh County Shouters.