Dr. Paul T. Kwami, a renowned music director for the world-famous, Grammy-winning Fisk Jubilee Singers for 28 years, reportedly died in a Nashville hospital early Saturday morning, Sept. 10. He was 70.
Dr. Kwami’s family announced in a statement to The Tennessean that he had passed away. Kwami led Nashville’s longest-running musical institution into a celebrated modern era during his tenure. The Fisk Jubilee Singers were founded in 1871 and were the first touring group to introduce “negro spirituals” to an international audience. Kwami then took them to unprecedented heights over a century later. In 2021, the group won its first Grammy award for the “Celebrating Fisk” album.
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