Candler Black Excellence: James Abbington

November 4, 2021

As part of Candler Black Excellence, a multi-year initiative celebrating the school’s Black faculty, alumni and students, Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship James Abbington discusses the differences between traditional and traditionalism and how both affect music in the Black church. Secular music, broader Black culture, European hymns, and even a genre created to disparage Black people are all part of the story—as are Dr. Abbington’s masterful musical illustrations.>

Ending music is “Worship Melody” by Eman’s Track.