Director Paul Wenske informed JGM that his documentary, I’m So Glad: Kansas City and the Roots of Black Gospel Music, is part of this year’s Kansas City FilmFest. It screens this Sunday, April 14, 1:30 PM at Ward Parkway Theatre 2.

I’m So Glad Synopsis: Kansas City is known for its jazz and blues. But the same forces that shaped those American art forms also led to the development of Black Gospel music. Our region’s gospel blues have a rich but largely overlooked history. In fact, historians say gospel music may be the best window through which to view the development of the Black community in and around Kansas City, MO, and its roots in pre-Civil War Kansas. The film explores this rich legacy: featuring the music and the stories of the region’s pioneering greats. Interviews with historians and scholars reveal a musical and cultural history never presented before. The film shows how the region’s gospel legends played key roles in developing gospel music nationally and helped introduce African American musical traditions into the nation’s mainstream culture.

JGM‘s Bob Marovich is among the on-screen interviewees for this documentary, which also features the marvelous musician Isaac Cates.

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Written by : Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.