The Georgia & Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Musicconsists of music, books, periodicals, documents, audio & visual materials, and oral histories. The primary goal of the Archive is to facilitate research and documentation of collections of African Diaspora sacred music (church music and religious concert music) created and/or performed by the multicultural population of Southern California.
Photo: Rosephanye Powell, Living Legends Festival 2009
The African Diaspora Sacred Music Living Legends Festival was organized in 2003 to facilitate cultural preservation and awareness and musical exchange within Southern California by bringing distinguished African Diaspora musicians to work with the choral musicians of the area. This Festival includes a Festival Choir with voices drawn from college, community and professional choirs of Los Angeles. Events typically include a High School/College Choral Festival, a Dialogue/Lecture-demonstration session with the Festival’s Living Legend artists, open Festival Choir rehearsals and a culminating Festival Concert. The Festival is co-hosted by Dr. Hansonia Caldwell, professor of music at CSU Dominguez Hills, and Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef, director of choral activities at El Camino College.
The African Diaspora Sacred Music Living Legends Festival Concert is a collaborative event that brings together Los Angeles organizations that share a mission to prepare the cultural and musical leaders of tomorrow. For the last thirty years, there has been curriculum developed at CSU Dominguez Hills that introduces students to the music of the African Diaspora. For the last twenty-five years, there has been a Jubilee Choir at CSU Dominguez Hills, performing the music of African Americans. For the last ten years, there has been a Multicultural Festival at El Camino College. All of these organizations are concerned with cultural heritage and preservation, coupled with continuing excellent performance. We are collaborating on behalf of the African Diaspora cultural continuim.
In addition to its archiving activity, the ADSMM seeks to preserve the African Diaspora Sacred Music repertoire through concert performances of the repertoire. Our performance program includes concerts by the Dominguez Hills Jubilee Choir, the annual Commemorative Concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the annual ADSMM Living Legends Festival, and periodic performances by guest choirs from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The ADSMM is committed to presenting excellent programs that challenge and inspire the community.