A Kwanzaa Music: Celebration of Black Cultures in Song

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All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
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. ...
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All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
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: 011661213326
  • Catalog Number: 612133

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Back to the Island - Baha Men (4:51)
  2. 2 Capitao Do Asfalto - Bahia Black (5:33)
  3. 3 Get on the Good Foot, Pt. 1 - James Brown (3:36)
  4. 4 Coconut Milk @@Bo Dollis And The Wild Magnolias (3:10)
  5. 5 Tio Goyo - Lucila Campos (3:05)
  6. 6 Ko Sira - Oumou Sangare (7:08)
  7. 7 I Am So Glad - Tweedie Gibson (1:42)
  8. 8 Spirit in the Dark - Aretha Franklin (4:01)
  9. 9 Thokozile - Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens (4:13)
  10. 10 Bon Ton Roulet - Clifton Chenier (3:08)
  11. 11 Madina - Tabu Ley Rochereau (3:24)
  12. 12 Information Blues - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (3:23)
  13. 13 Tarig Ash-Shoag @@Abdul Aziz El Mubarak (9:28)
  14. 14 Pase Sou Ou @@Tabou Combo Super Stars (7:42)
  15. 15 Ndamutswa Nengoma - Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited (3:51)
  16. 16 Rivers of Babylon - The Freedom Singers (3:39)
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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
The 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 Jr. 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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