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Music | In Japan, gospel music is a big hit—and an evangelistic tool
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/25/18, 04:12 pm

Hips sway. Hands clap. Arms wave in the air, heels bounce, and faces lift up wide smiles as the choir belts out, “You are good, and Your mercy endures forever.” The audience smiles as it listens. Irresistibly, a toe starts tapping along to the beat, shoulders begin loosening, and heads begin bopping.

That’s the magic of gospel music. A synergy of vocals, facial language, and body movement, a genre of Christian music dating back to the late 19th century, when African-American churches in the U.S. South fused classic hymns with traditional African-American spirituals and beats.

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Recent releases

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 10/25/18, 02:45 pm

Kaleidoscope

Cyrus Chestnut

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Petty and Prince, again

Music | Posthumous albums recall the two superstars
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 10/16/18, 03:20 pm

The posthumous careers of Tom Petty and Prince have begun.   

Petty’s began on Sept. 28 with the release of An American Treasure (Reprise), four CDs’ worth of meticulously curated outtakes, live performances, alternate versions, early takes, remastered “deep cuts,” and other esoterica culled from Petty’s solo, Heartbreakers, and Mudcrutch recordings. It has everything, in other words, but the Traveling Wilburys (and the singles—those are what Geffen’s forthcoming The Best of Everything is for).   

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