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Bija Voices | See Upon Your Path

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See Upon Your Path

by Bija Voices

World Female Liberation
Genre: World: Folklore
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Ise Oluwa
2:54 album only
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2. Garbe Rame
3:13 album only
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3. Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
2:46 album only
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4. Quiet
3:19 album only
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5. Vuelie
3:20 album only
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6. See Upon Your Path
2:30 album only
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7. Night Yoik
5:08 album only
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8. The Dream Keeper
3:07 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BIJA VOICES: SEE UPON YOUR PATH involves the work of World Vocalist & Bija Choir Creative Director Maria Bija along with a multi-generational mix of choir singers under her direction: Kindred Voices women's ensemble, Bija Treble & Select Children’s Choir members, and Bija Children's Choir Alumni.

"So all girls have access to education that they deserve, making the world a better place for everyone."

Description of Project:
SEE UPON YOUR PATH is a recording/performance project designed to educate audiences about the significant barriers that adolescent girls face worldwide in accessing quality education, thus preventing them the opportunities for leading self-determined, empowered lives that contribute to a healthy world.

Reasons Behind It:
The project director Maria Bija (formerly Maria Jameau) is recording artist who is passionate about girls & women’s rights, and wanted to create something meaningful and artistic that would help this cause. Also, since girls and women make up the large majority of her youth choral program, she wanted to offer her students a platform for using their voices in a relevant, socially-impactful way. The fact is that 130 million adolescent girls in developing countries are not in school-- the results of which affect girls and women at the ​worldwide level.


In 2013 Malala and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai founded The Malala Fund to champion every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education, and in March 2015 Michelle Obama followed suit by creating a global initiative called “Let Girls Learn” to address this issue: ​ “In many countries, girls face complex physical, cultural, and financial barriers in accessing education. As a girl grows older the fight to get an education becomes even harder. Her family must be willing to pay school fees. She may have a long, unsafe walk to school. She may be forced to marry. And she often lacks the support she needs to learn. Yet, we know that educating girls transforms lives, families, communities and entire countries. Educated girls lead healthier and more productive lives. They gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to break the cycle of poverty and help strengthen their societies. It’s time to Let Girls Learn.” - ​https://letgirlslearn.gov/

We, as educated Sonoma County adults and children, have the advocacy voices and resource access to help our sisters worldwide, and because we can, we must! As Toni Morrison advised:

“When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”

The systemic roots of oppressing females throughout history transcend national borders and cultural divides, and the answer to stopping this oppression begins with education. A global, holistic approach is necessary in order to create lasting changes in cultural attitudes towards female rights and empowerment worldwide.

The Project Itself:
Our project is a music album of treble voice songs from around the world, artistically speaking to young women worldwide, such as ​Voix Sur Ton Chemin (See Upon Your Path), Garbe Rame (Dancing with Gourds), The Dreamkeeper, and others. The recording featured guest artists Adwoa Kudoto (female master drummer from Ghana), Tobias Roberson (cajon), Bob Afifi (flute), Sahar Pinkham (tables), and Giorgia Ghizzoni (cello), and was engineered by Sebastian Link in Graton and produced by Maria Bija, who has decades of experience with music production, and whose past recordings have earned both a Parents’ Choice Award and a contract with Challenge Records International.

Through our raising awareness and funds where 100% of proceeds go to organizations such as the Malala Fund, Let Girls Learn, and individual sponsorships, this creative project’s underlying mission is to ensure that all girls have access to education that they
deserve, and in doing so, improve the health of our world community as a whole.

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