The best singer this green earth has ever seen died on January 27, 1972, at the age of 60. She is best known for being the most famous gospel sing ever, the Queen of Gospel they say. Her name was Mahalia Jackson, Momma Mahalia to me and those AfroTrads who share my great appreciation for her work and ways.
When Mahalia sang, yes sang, if had a certain medieval depth of religious feeling, an ancient feeling of spiritually one is want to come across in this age – the kind singing and faith I imagine William A. Percy was referring to in Lanterns on the Levee. I have not come across it in my 30 or so years on earth, personally.
Ralph Ellison wrote a great essay on Mahalia that I want to share a few excerpts from, some of my favorite songs from her will follow them.
My Favorite Song Ever.
The Upper Room
Summer Time & Motherless Child
Sweet Little Jesus Boy
Trouble of the World