BRUNSWICK — Preserving a fragile part of the South’s heritage in song through the generations has been a labor of love for the Georgia Sea Island Singers.
Currently featuring Frankie Sullivan Quimby, the group will continue the rich African-American performance traditions forged among former slaves on the islands off the coast of Georgia during performances held at Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick and Camden campuses.
The program will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the activities room at the Senior Care Center-St. Marys, 805 Dilworth St. The program will also be presented at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center on the Brunswick Campus, 2415 Parkwood Drive.
Through songs, dances and stories, the Georgia Sea Island Singers describe the world of their slave ancestors. Like their forebearers for whom musical instruments were forbidden, the group sings a capella or with only the accompaniment of rhythm instruments such as the tambourine and the jimbay drum.
The singers travel the world sharing the Gullah culture and have carried their songs, games and storytelling to virtually every state in the country. The group’s performance history includes prestigious engagements such as the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, the Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and the 2004 G-8 Conference.
The Black History Month celebrations and art exhibit are free and open to the public. To learn more about other events offered by the Health System, visit sghs.org and click on News & Events.