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Fannie Lou Hamer: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Album Review

“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Above are the poignant words on the headstone of the inspirational black political activist from Mississippi, Fannie Lou Hamer. This album is essentially spiritual but also embodies blues, soul and folk in their earliest and purest form. Hamer’s moving performance, her only known singing recording from 1963, is mainly a capella, interspersed with an intensely personal monologue.

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