Gospel music culture often refers to the Christian music that sprung from the early African American church, which was later adopted by most modern churches and influenced a lot of gospel and R&B singers. Gospel music culture is known for its unique beats and the contagious tempos that will have people swaying and dancing along with the choir. Spiritual music is primarily influenced by African music brought by African slaves. The use of the drum, dance and clapping distinguish gospel songs from other forms of music. Gospel music culture experienced a moment of repression in the early years of slavery where most slave owners separated their slaves from each other in order to make integration to the new culture easier. However, slaves found a way to practice their music, which was perhaps the only thing they had in common that they could remember, whether it was singing and dancing after work or at night, in places where they would not be easily heard by their owners. Owners later realized that slaves were more efficient if they were allowed to sing. This led to an infusion of African music with the traditions of Christian religion and the English language that formed the foundations of gospel song.
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