African Portraits

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All Music Guide - Tim Sheridan
This fascinating work traces the African-American experience from the Motherland, through slavery, and up to the modern day through a common musical thread. To realize this ambitious project, musician/composer Hannibal called on a host of artists, including Al-Haji Papa Bunka Susso, gospel singer Jevetta Steele and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While the end product suffers from the strain of overambition, there are many thrilling moments, especially Honeyboy Edwards' terrific contribution as the Delta bluesman.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sheridan
This fascinating work traces the African-American experience from the Motherland, through slavery, and up to the modern day through a common musical thread. To realize this ambitious project, musician/composer Hannibal called on a host of artists, including Al-Haji Papa Bunka Susso, gospel singer Jevetta Steele and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While the end product suffers from the strain of overambition, there are many thrilling moments, especially Honeyboy Edwards' terrific contribution as the Delta bluesman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/1996
  • Label: Teldec
  • UPC: 745099880224
  • Catalog Number: 98802
  • Sales rank: 170,876

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hannibal Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Cecil Brooks III Drums
Cecil McBee Bass
Jevetta Steele Vocals
Ron Burton Piano
Al-Haji Papa Bunka Susso Kora
Enoch Williamson African Drums
Daniel Barenboim Conductor
Barton Green Tenor (Vocal)
Brian Smith Soprano (Vocal)
Theodore "Pepper" Jones Baritone (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Martin Fouque Producer
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Contributor
Clifton Robinson Director
Randall Johnson Director
Ulrich Ruscher Engineer
Morgan State University Choir Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    African musical poetry!

    This is an excellent piece of musical story-telling by an extraordinary composer!! I was uniquely privileged to be a member of one of the performing choirs for this recording, and it was the most profound and enriching experience of my life. The music truly pulls you into the African-American voyage through time.

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