|Photograph of Sister Gertrude Morgan by Sylvia de Swaan|
In 2005, Philadelphia-based DJ and Producer King Britt released a sonic re-interpretation of the 1968 recordings of Sister Gertrude Morgan. Remastered just two years earlier by Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall, the re-release of these long-forgotten tracks had caused quite a stir in the gospel world. Sister Gertrude had been lauded for years as a seminal figure in the Outsider or Folk Art scene. Now, at long last, her voice and proto-gospel spiritual call were available to the public once again.
Please join us in welcoming King Britt and the Sister Gertrude project back to New Orleans on Friday, January 28th and Saturday, January 29th at the CAC. The cycle of ten songs that is "Sister Gertrude" mixes gospel hymns with funk and soul melodies and Britt's deep percussive beats. The live ensemble includes King Britt on turntables and samplers, Tim Motzer on guitar, Chuck Treece on drums, Mark Boyce on keyboards and Barry Meehan on bass, as a full multimedia performance, featuring live video mixing by the Absent Productions VJ crew.