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United Shape Note Singers

African American shape-note singers in West Georgia arrange themselves in the same hollow square as Sacred Harp singers, and they also ‘sing the notes’ before proceeding to the words of a song.  However,  the United Shape Note Singers have a decidedly different feel to their singings.  For one, they use the seven-shape system of notation.  Their songs are also slower and the singers allow for more improvisation in performances.

 

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