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A kind of Christian music based on American folk music, typically marked by strong rhythms and elaborated refrains and incorporating elements of spirituals, blues, and jazz.
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impassioned rhythmic spiritual music influential in the development of soul music and rhythm and blues.
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A form of religious music that originated in the evangelical churches of black populations in the southern United States. Containing elements of jazz and blues, it often takes the form of a call and response between the preacher, who sings or declaims a line, and the congregation, which sings an affirmatory reply.
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