Do You Like Good Gullah/Geechee Soul Music?

As “Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio” proceeded through “Black Music Month 2013,” Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation who is the hostess of the broadcast, took listeners on a journey through not only the history of this celebration which was started by Gamble and Huff in 1979 in order to assist with marketing “Black music,” but also on a journey through the Gullah/Geechee musical journey and ourstory.  Many people are familiar with the Gullah/Geechee music coming out of Macintosh County, GA due to the performances of the “Macintosh County Shouters,” but there are few that are familiar with the soul music birthed by a native son of that same county on the Georgia Sea Island coast in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  Queen Quet highlighted the life story of Arthur Conley who sang, “Sweet Soul Music” which played from many a juke joint in the Gullah/Geechee Nation over the years during one of the broadcast:

Arthur Conley

Arthur Conley and Otis Redding worked together on Otis’ Jotis Record label and created a number of soul music songs.  However, many people were never aware of the origin of the soulful sounds that emitted from Conley.   Europe had the chance to appreciate and enjoy his sound since he moved there in 1975 and continued to make sweet soul music in numerous countries under the name “Lee Roberts” until 2003 when he passed away.  His sweet soul music continues to play on.

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