Foremothers | Day 17 | Rosetta Tharpe

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Show Notes

It makes sense to us that God would plant the blueprint of rock ‘n’ roll into the soul of a little Black girl born in a town called Cotton Plant. Sister Rosetta Tharpe sang music that was infused with the melodies of Black folks who understood loss and survival. A child prodigy who was touring with her preacher mother and a troupe of evangelical musicians by the age of 6, Rosetta Tharpe dared to combine the sacred with the secular, mixing gospel music with rhythm and blues to create a rock ‘n’ roll sound that would change the world. But it is her life, not just her music that we will gather to talk about on today’s call. From this woman – queer, Black, bold, and brave – we learn about living authentically, taking risks, and understanding your value. Join us for the live discussion or download the recap. Either way, tune in to this history!

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Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the music played during this broadcast. Original content can be found here:

Hallelujah (1979) – COGIC International Mass Choir:

“Up Above My Head” – Sister Rosetta Tharpe:

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