Essence of Kwanzaa

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Percussionist Bill Summers uses Kwanzaa which means "first" in Swahili, the African-American cultural and harvest festival celebrated from December 26 to January 1, as the theme for this array of tunes titled after Kwanzaa's seven guiding principals. There are also five tracks not titled after Kwanzaa: "Ghetto Get Up," "Did It Done It Wit It" co-written by George Clinton, "Bahia Lady," "Yekola," and "Sure Wa." This is smooth, perky fusion with enough African rhythms to satisfy purists, and is perfect for unwinding and chilling. Vocalists including Summers play musical chairs, keeping it fresh until the last track.
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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Percussionist Bill Summers uses Kwanzaa which means "first" in Swahili, the African-American cultural and harvest festival celebrated from December 26 to January 1, as the theme for this array of tunes titled after Kwanzaa's seven guiding principals. There are also five tracks not titled after Kwanzaa: "Ghetto Get Up," "Did It Done It Wit It" co-written by George Clinton, "Bahia Lady," "Yekola," and "Sure Wa." This is smooth, perky fusion with enough African rhythms to satisfy purists, and is perfect for unwinding and chilling. Vocalists including Summers play musical chairs, keeping it fresh until the last track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • Label: Monkey Hill
  • UPC: 784608813728
  • Catalog Number: 28137

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ghetto Get Up - Keng (4:46)
  2. 2 Ujimaa - Keng (4:41)
  3. 3 Imani - Darnell Stephen Summers (5:42)
  4. 4 Kujichagulia - Keng (7:27)
  5. 5 Dit It Done It Wit It - Keng (5:02)
  6. 6 Ujima - Keng (5:44)
  7. 7 Kuumba - Keng (4:10)
  8. 8 Nia - Eric TI-I-Taming (5:59)
  9. 9 Yekola - Keng (3:59)
  10. 10 Umoja - Keng (4:27)
  11. 11 Bahia Lady - Keng (5:52)
  12. 12 Sure Wa - Carol Pierre (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Summers Primary Artist, Percussion, Conga, Drums, Horn, Keyboards
Vinx Track Performer
Ossie Davis Drums
Sekou Bunch Bass
Brenton Banks Viola
Mark Cargill Violin
Ronald Cooper Cello
N'Dea Davenport Vocals, Background Vocals
Ray Fuller Guitar
Lazaro Galarraga Vocals, Background Vocals, Bata
Ray Griffin Drums
Richard Howell Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Hunter Trumpet
Huey Jackson Vocals
Mingo Lewis Bass, Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Phillip Manuel Vocals, Background Vocals
Carlos Martinez Track Performer
Michael Shapiro Percussion
Kenyatta Simon Track Performer
Nick Smith Piano
Bobby Strickland Saxophone
Michael White Track Performer
Don Wyatt Piano
Susan Chatman Violin
Brian Fleming Background Vocals
Kevin Shapiro Background Vocals
Yvette Summers Track Performer
Samba Ngo Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Cynthia Dewberry Vocals, Background Vocals
Daryl Smith Track Performer
Bruce Richardson Track Performer
Henri Smith Track Performer
Ron Cooper Track Performer
Rhonda "Mama Efuru" Johnson Track Performer
Michael Koschorreck Track Performer
Michelle Noble Track Performer
Robin Parson Track Performer
Carol Pierre Track Performer
Ebo Shakoor Track Performer
Darnell Stephen Summers Track Performer
Eric TI-I-Taming Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bill Summers Programming, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
N'Dea Davenport Vocal Arrangements
Richard Howell Vocal Arrangements
Phillip Manuel Vocal Arrangements
Frank Quintini Executive Producer, Art Direction
Daniel Ryman Producer, Engineer
Michael Schlesinger Engineer
Billy "Bass" Nelson Composer
Samba Ngo Vocal Arrangements
Cynthia Dewberry Vocal Arrangements
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