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Published on Jan 18, 2009
This song from the African-American tradition refers to the Bible story of Joshua and his men who, bearing the ark of God, successfully brought down the walls of the city of Jericho simply by the loud playing of trumpets and other instruments. The message for the black slaves who sang this song was that if Joshua could defeat evil by blowing trumpets, then they too could eventually defeat the evil of slavery through the singing of such songs!
The song was often performed by Paul Robeson in his concerts. It has also been recorded by the great gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson. You can find her rendition on YouTube.