Wade in the Water: The Powerful song born from slavery

God's Greatest Hits (III/XI)

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The mythic North American Negro spiritual Wade in the Water originated as a call to brotherhood and liberation among enslaved individuals. It is performed here by the Singers, Sweet Honey and Dione Taylor.

God's Greatest Hits is a Canadian documentary series that explores the history of some of the best-known spirituals in the world. From Christian hymns to gospel songs, each episode presents information from historical archives and features interviews with music critics, musicians and scholars.

Photo: Dione Taylor

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