Rejoice and Shout
The Australian Christian Channel is excited to be showing a fantastic music documentary this month. Rejoice and Shout covers 200 years of history in a joyous celebration of African-American gospel music. Rare footage of gospel music legends and commentary by characters such as Smokey Robinson, Andrea Crouch, Mavis Staples and more, guide you through an engaging musical journey.
Rejoice and Shout is traces the evolution of Gospel through its many musical styles - the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing into Gospel, the emergence of Soul, and the blending of Rap and Hip Hop elements. Gospel music also walked in step with the story of African-American culture - slavery, hardscrabble rural existence and plantation work, the exodus to major cities, the Depression, World War II, civil rights and empowerment. Rejoice and Shout connects the history of African-American culture with Gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large. Years in the making, Rejoice and Shout captures so much of what is special about this music and African-American Christianity - the sermonizing, the heartfelt testimonials, getting slain in the spirit, the hard hollering, and of course the inspiring music
Make sure you do not miss this fantastic toe-tapping, soul-filled documentary- it will have you smiling for days!
“A GREAT FILM. A comprehensive retrospective that will enhance your enjoyment of all music, from pop to punk.” – Tim Cogshell, Box Office Magazine
“For anyone with a keen interest in Gospel music, THIS IS A MUST-SEE AND SEE-AGAIN. You’ve heard of documentaries that preach to the choir? In this one, the choir preaches back.” – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter