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Sweet Honey In The Rock


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Sweet Honey in the Rock is an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble that has been producing music for more than thirty years. Although the members of the group have changed over time, the music of Sweet Honey in the Rock has consistently combined contemporary rhythms and narratives with a musical style rooted in the gospel music, spirituals and hymns of the Black church.

Sweet Honey in the Rock was founded in 1973 by Bernice Johnson Reagon who formed the group out of the strongest singers from a vocal workshop she was teaching with the D.C. Black Repertory Company. The name of the group comes from a religious parable that tells of a land so rich that when rocks were cracked open, honey flowed from them.

The music of Sweet Honey in the Rock challenges its listeners with songs on topics including motherhood, spirituality, freedom, civil liberties, domestic violence, and racism.

Over the years, more than twenty individuals have lent their voices to Sweet Honey in the Rock. Beginning as a quartet, Sweet Honey in the Rock is now comprised of six African American women (including a professional American Sign Language interpreter who accompanies the group on concert tours). The ensemble tackles difficult five-part harmonies and composes much of their own music.


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  • la_bandolina

    I've been looking for this music after i wore out a mixed cd i got from a friend a couple years ago. Kept sining a couple parts of songs, wishing I could hear more!

    30 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Shichman

    great stuff

    11 Oct 2008 Reply
  • heidimo

    a fantastic group to see live!

    29 Apr 2008 Reply
  • edmonia

    SHIR is simply amazing. The voices of the women in this group are incredible.

    18 Sep 2007 Reply
  • MrStyle

    Sweet Harmony!

    23 Aug 2007 Reply

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