Georgia Sea Island Singers Perform at Health System Black History Month Celebrations

Preserving a fragile part of the South’s heritage in song through the generations has been a labor of love for the Georgia Sea Island Singers. Featuring Frankie Sullivan Quimby, the group recently shared their rich African-American traditions forged among former slaves on the islands off the coast of Georgia during performances held at the Southeast Georgia Health System Senior Care Center-St. Marys on Feb. 19 and on the Brunswick campus on Feb. 21.

Through songs, dances and stories, the Georgia Sea Island Singers described the world of their slave ancestors. Like their forebearers for whom musical instruments were forbidden, the group sang a capella or with only the accompaniment of rhythm instruments such as the tambourine and the jimbay drum.

The Georgia Sea Island Singers travel the world sharing the Gullah culture with audiences from presidents to pre-schoolers and have carried their songs, games and storytelling to virtually every state in the country. The group’s performance history includes prestigious engagements such as the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, the Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and the 2004 G-8 Conference. They have performed in Africa, Spain, France, Germany, Nova Scotia, and Canada.

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