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A documentary about black gospel music – tracing its 200-year transformation from slave plantations in the south to today’s urban contemporary influence – has been quietly playing in select theaters across North America since June 3.

Titled “Rejoice and Shout,” this gem features rare full-length performance footage dating back to the 1920s, and primarily focuses on 15 artists, including the Golden Gate Quartet, the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Swan Silvertones, Thomas Dorsey, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson and Andrae Crouch.

The film comes from director Don McGlynn, a 55-year-old white American expatriate living in Denmark who had made a number of music films – including documentaries about Howlin’ Wolf, Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon.

He was approached to direct “Rejoice and Shout” by the film’s producers – among them black gospel aficionado Joe Lauro (who has more than 30,000 individual musical performances in his vast archive) and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

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article courtesy of Cherie Saunders/Eurweb.com

Mahalia Jackson in a scene from “Rejoice and Shout”

Rejoice and Shout director Don McGlynn on his first experience at a black church by CherieNic

Rejoice and Shout director Don McGlynn on his first experience at a black church by CherieNic

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