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Through the words of clergy members and musicians, this documentary shows the deep connection between faith and gospel music. But this film is more than just a Christian testimonial; with insight provided by music legends like Smokey Robinson and Mavis Staples and copious doses of archival footage, it explores the history of gospel. Chronicling the genre from its early 20th-century beginnings up to the present day, the documentary also shows that the art form isn't strictly meant for the pious.

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  • Jan 05, 2013
    "Rejoice and Shout" is an informative and entertaining documentary that acts as a survey history of gospel music, allowing it to not only be told by experts, but in the wonderful music which is shown in many delightful clips. This way we can see how gospel music has not only influenced music in general but also been affected by the outside world at large. Regretfully, the documentary does not know where to start, going off on tangents for a while before finally settling for the beginning which in this case is slavery where the Christianity of the masters mixed with the slaves' native religion to create a new form of Christianity. Soon after which, music was added to the mix. As well testified, gospel music springs from the singers' enthusiastic beliefs and faith. For example, Pastor Andrae Crouch puts it best when he says we would all melt if we ever directly heard the voice of God, so His words have to be conveyed through intermediaries. At the same time, I can attest one does not have to believe similarly to enjoy gospel music or anything else wonderful in this bountiful world, to disagree with Smokey Robinson.
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