The CSUDH/CLA Music Department's Program for the Study of African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians has as its primary mission:

  • the general study of the life and work of African Diaspora musicians in the field of sacred music, with initial focus upon the musicians of Southern California;
  • the special study of the evolution of the Spiritual within the African Diaspora musical repertoire of Southern California; and
  • the collection, preservation and performance of this music, to be housed in the Georgia & Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music.


The ongoing research of the Program forms the basis for extensive preservation, performance and curriculum development.

csudh logo WhiteThe African Diaspora Sacred Music & Musicians Program (ADSMM) is an archiving, research and performance program of the California State University Dominguez Hills Music Department , implemented in partnership with the Africana Studies Department and the University Library . The program is multidimensional, and includes the Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music, the Dominguez Hills Jubilee Choir, and the African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians Network & Forum.

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