Nathaniel Dett
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"There was poured into the astonished and delighted ears of the world an indigenous music, sung by its own creators, a music as fresh as the morning, as intimate as the breath and as vital as the heartbeat."

Robert Nathaniel Dett was born in Drummondville, Ontario, on October 11th, 1882, in an area that later became part of the city of Niagara Falls. Both of his parents were talented musicians and they encouraged Nathaniel and his brothers to take music lessons as children. As a young student, Nathaniel Dett played organ for the Niagara Falls BME Church up until he graduated from Niagara Falls Collegiate in his teens.

Nathaniel Dett