A virtuoso guitarist, a revolutionary spirit, and a legend of music cruelly forgotten after his death, in 1973. Born in 1915 on the Mississippi River at Cotton Plant, she grew up in a family that breathed music, she inherited the talent of her father's song.
- From her mother, Rosetta imbibed not only the gift for the guitar - her mother was a member of a church evangelist and often played the mandolin to incite people to come to church - but also his strong personality and his charisma with whom she immigrated to Chicago at the age of 6 years, where she discovered Blues and Jazz in addition to Gospel.
- From a very young age, Rosetta began to impress with his dexterity in guitar and piano, but also by his penchant for the show on stage that exceeded the standards of the time. With her mother, she will cross American churches and gradually become a Gospel figure.
À l’âge de 23 ans, S Rosetta quitte l’église et voyage à New York où elle introduit la musique Gospel au club new-yorkais. Over the years, she became an indisputable figure of Afro-American music in a highly segregated America. She often played in front of a white audience consisting mainly of men. Elle reçoit aussi les critiques de l’Église choquée par le nouveau tournant dans sa vie de star, mais S Rosetta Tharpe was a rebel, an anti-conformist, iconoclastic before the hour, and did what she wanted to do, sing for God and enjoy the joys of club life.
- She will become the essential figure of Gospel in the United States, and will become a star of radio and television from the 40 years. By his inexhaustible energy and sense of spectacle, S Rosetta became the idol of a metamorphosing America, and opened the path to success for dozens of black American artists who suffered from primary racism by the record companies.
- During her tours, she hosted concerts in churches and clubs. She managed to combine the secular with the spiritual and to unite a separate people. His records traveled the world with the American soldiers who participated in the 2ème world War. She was so idolized that her wedding was organized in a stadium and assembled more than 25 thousand people who paid for their tickets.