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USCB Center for the Arts presents ‘CUMBYAH: A Gullah Geechee Spiritual Experience’

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The Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters.

The University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts delivers a cap note performance in partnership with Penn Center’s 32nd Heritage Days Celebration with a spiritual on its stage on Sunday, November 9, at 3 p.m.

The Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters.
The Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters.

The event will showcase St. Helena Island soloists featured in the newly released CD, “GULLAH: Voice of an Island” and the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters of Georgia.

Dr. Marlena Smalls will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for this activity. She is the founder and director of the nationally known Hallelujah Singers which she founded in 1990 to preserve the Gullah culture in the South Carolina Sea Islands.

The Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters are descendants of West African slaves, continuing the tradition of Ring Shout taught by their ancestors, who want to share their knowledge with the world.   The St. Helena Island celebrated soloists, Minnie Gracie Gadson, James Garfield Smalls, Joseph and Rosa Murray are featured in “GULLAH: Voice of an Island,” each grew up with the spirituals that were traditionally intoned on St. Helena Island and surrounding Sea Islands.

Admission to this performance requires a ticket purchase. The cost to attend is $20 adults; $18 seniors; $10 for students under 18 years old.

Detailed information regarding admission and other programs at the USCB Center for the Arts can be found

The St. Helena Island soloists: Minnie Gracie Gadson, James Garfield Smalls, Joseph and Rosa Murray.
The St. Helena Island soloists: Minnie Gracie Gadson, James Garfield Smalls, Joseph and Rosa Murray.

online at www.uscbcenterforthearts.com. Tickets can be ordered online or by calling the box office at 843-521-4145.

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