This pack explores the influence of black sailors on sea shanties and presents three songs with accompanying sheet music, recordings and activities - arranged by artists Adriano Adewale and Hazel Askew.
EFDSS is here to champion the English folk arts – music, song, dance and related art forms and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK. As part of our mission to celebrate diversity and promote equality we have produced our first learning resource in celebration of Black History Month.
‘Black Sailors and Sea Shanties’ introduces learners to sea shanties and explores the influence of black sailors on shanties. The resource provides arrangements of three shanties with extended learning activities, and is aimed at Key Stage 3 (age 11 and above). The pack also provides useful background information and discussion points to explore the meanings and interpretations of the songs. Freely downloadable audio recordings of the songs to assist learning are available from the EFDSS Resource Bank.
Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.