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Maplewood 4th graders learn Gullah language

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Many elements of Gullah culture draw from their African ancestry, and one of them has made it to a Maplewood elementary school – now, these fourth-graders speak the language of stick pounding.

Melanie DeMore took these fourth-graders on a journey to the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina to teach them the language of the enslaved Africans who used stick pounding as a form of communal singing and dance, vital to their survival.

You can catch Melanie DeMore with VocalEssence on Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. at Orchestra Hall as she performs "Witness: Stomp and Sing."

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