Kwanzaa Music: Celebration of Black Cultures in Song

Kwanzaa Music: Celebration of Black Cultures in Song

     
 

Kwanzaa music is as colorful as the traditional red, green, and black hues that are employed to celebrate the holiday. African in origin, the seven-day celebration is practiced by many African Americans. It takes place from December 26 through January 1. The Swahili word means "first" or "first fruits," and the holiday celebrates the first harvest. The lighting of a… See more details below

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Kwanzaa music is as colorful as the traditional red, green, and black hues that are employed to celebrate the holiday. African in origin, the seven-day celebration is practiced by many African Americans. It takes place from December 26 through January 1. The Swahili word means "first" or "first fruits," and the holiday celebrates the first harvest. The lighting of a candle each evening focuses on one of the values revered by a traditional agrarian culture. These are unity, taking control of one's own life, collective work and responsibility, sharing money and profits, purpose, creativity, and faith. This CD is a compilation of music to help celebrate the holiday. The selections are performed by musical artists from both Africa and America. Among the African performers are some of the continent's most renowned musicians, including Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens, Baha Men, Abdul Aziz El Mubarak, Oumou Sangare, and Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited. The American selections are an eclectic mix, ranging from the king of zydeco, Clifton Chenier's "Bon Ton Roulet," to James Brown's "Get on the Good Foot, Part One." Soul diva Aretha Franklin sings "Spirit in the Dark" and Clarence Brown does "Information Blues." The Mardi Gras Indians from New Orleans put in an appearance, with Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias performing the traditional "Coconut Milk." The pieces range in tone from joyous to humorous to reverential. The diverse traditions that go into the compilation's selections leave the listener with an appreciation for the richness of the cultural heritage that Kwanzaa celebrates.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/1994
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661213326
catalogNumber:
612133

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Tracks

  1. Back to the Island  -  Baha Men
  2. Capitao Do Asfalto  -  Bahia Black
  3. Get on the Good Foot, Pt. 1  - James Brown
  4. Coconut Milk @@Bo Dollis And The Wild Magnolias
  5. Tio Goyo  - Lucila Campos
  6. Ko Sira  - Oumou Sangare
  7. I Am So Glad  - Tweedie Gibson
  8. Spirit in the Dark  - Aretha Franklin
  9. Thokozile  -  Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens
  10. Bon Ton Roulet  - Clifton Chenier
  11. Madina  - Tabu Ley Rochereau
  12. Information Blues  - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  13. Tarig Ash-Shoag @@Abdul Aziz El Mubarak
  14. Pase Sou Ou @@Tabou Combo Super Stars
  15. Ndamutswa Nengoma  -  Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited
  16. Rivers of Babylon  -  Freedom Singers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clifton Chenier   Track Performer
Tabu Ley Rochereau   Track Performer
Tabou Combo   Track Performer
James Brown   Vocals,Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Bernie Worrell   Musician
Herbie Hancock   Musician
Wayne Shorter   Musician
Oumou Sangare   Track Performer
Olodum   Drums
Bahia Black   Track Performer
Baha Men   Track Performer
Freedom Singers   Track Performer
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Track Performer
Carlinhos Brown   Vocals
David Chapman   Musician
John Hadden   Recorder
Adam Skeaping   Recorder
Henry Threadgill   Musician
Tony "Funky Drummer" Walls   Musician
Larry Wright   Musician
Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens   Track Performer
Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited   Track Performer
Makgona Tsohle   Band
Orchestra African Fiesta   Performing Ensemble
Bruce Green   Track Performer

Technical Credits

James Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bill Laswell   Producer
Brenton Dowe   Composer
Jim Bateman   Producer
Scott Billington   Producer
Massambou Wele Diallo   Producer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Producer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Nick Gold   Producer
Ron Levy   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
West Nkosi   Producer
George Porter   Producer
Peter Siegel   Producer
Jody Stecher   Producer
Chris Strachwitz   Producer
Fred Wesley   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Monk Boudreaux   Producer
Trevor McNaughton   Composer
Daisann McLane   Contributor
Eric V. Copage   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Clarence Brown   Producer
Joe Mims   Composer

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