Vocalist Selby to perform at FMU
Classical vocalist Tshombe Selby will perform Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Auditorium of Francis Marion University as part of the Jamestown Foundation Reunion Celebration Weekend. Also performing will be the Georgia Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters.
Admission for the program is $20. A native of Manteo, N.C., Selby has toured throughout the United States and Africa. He has also performed for the United States Congress. Selby made his Carnegie Hall debut in February of 2015 as a tenor soloist with Distinguished Concerts International New York, performing the tenor solos in the oratorio The Exodus, written by E. Robinson.
The Georgia Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters are one of the world’s top performing artists of the Geechee Gullah culture. All performers are descendants of African slaves, offering a history and heritage presentation of African-American culture from slavery in an effort to continue the traditions of their ancestors.
Their performance centers around the “ring shout,” a compelling fusion of counterclockwise dance-like movement, call-and-response singing, and percussion consisting of handclaps and a stick beating the rhythm on a wooden floor.
African in its origins, the ring shout affirms oneness with the Spirit and ancestors as well as community cohesiveness. The ring shout was first described in detail during the Civil War by outside observers in coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. Its practice continued well into the 20th Century, even as its influence was resounding in later forms like spiritual, jubilee, gospel and jazz. By the late 20th century, the ring shout itself was presumed to have died out until its rediscovery in McIntosh County, Ga., in 1980.