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The Great Choral Convergence Live!

by Six Labor Choruses

Choral arrangements sung by working people sharing labor and union songs, folk and gospel, topical and traditional music.
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Welcome Union Members
2:07 album only
2. There Is Power In A Union
2:11 album only
3. Asikatali (Freedom)
2:19 album only
4. Workers Sing Your Union Anthem
3:38 album only
5. Bread and Roses
2:53 album only
6. Bush Medley
4:30 album only
7. Torn Screen Door
1:42 album only
8. Ella's Song (We Who Believe In Freedom)
5:16 album only
9. Siyahamba (We Are Marching In The Light Of God)
2:23 album only
10. The Women are Coming
4:52 album only
11. United Front
2:26 album only
12. Spanish Civil War Medley
3:07 album only
13. Stand Up
4:11 album only
14. Fair Trade Coffee
1:58 album only
15. No Bizness Like War Bizness
2:44 album only
16. Which Side Are You On?
3:21 album only
17. Senzenina (What Have We Done?)
2:25 album only
18. Ain't Gonna Rest 'til I Get My Freedom
2:42 album only
19. El Pueblo Unido (The People United)
6:09 album only
20. I Feel Like Going On
2:56 album only
21. You Gotta Go Down And Join The Union
2:47 album only


Album Notes
"The six labor choruses together show the power of song as a force for social change." - PETE SEEGER, folk musician and activist extraordinaire

This recording is intended to be an archival recording of 'the best of the best' of a historic concert featuring six labor choruses from around the country, which took place in Washington DC on Saturday, June 19, 2004. The concert was part of an annual event sponsored by the Labor Heritage Foundation (LHF), known as the Great Labor Arts Exchange.

The concept of a Great Choral Convergence was the brainchild of Bobbie Rabinowitz, a founding mother of the New York City Oabor Chorus and longtime labor activist.

The LHF fully encouraged and supported the concept of a Great Choral Convergence. It came to fruition when six choruses, includng four labor choruses, a women's chorus and a labor ensemble performed individually and collectively to a full and spirited house at the Washington
Ethical Society. The six groups joined together for the first time to rehearse that very same day.

The energy that was released by this performance was truly inspiring and is very evident onthe CD Each group - all working people, most, union members, came to this historic get together with their own repertoire and unique style of presenting and sharing labor and union songs, folk and gospel, topical and trditional music. Included are well-loved songs of the civil rights struggle, the anti-apartheid struggle and some newly composed songs for these trying times - a parody on the Bush regime, the free trade java jive update, a dramatic story in song of the activism of Nigerian women; songs highlighting legendary battles of times past as in the Spanish Civil War medley and a call to conscience and never to ignore the plight of our the fellow human beings as in "Stand Up". Each chorus is ably led by their highly talented, creative choral directors.

The existence of these choruses represents a revival and resurgence of a long history of labor, union and fraternal working people's choruses dating back to the 1920's and 1930's. Most went out of business during the repressive McCarthy period. The New York City Labor Chorus was the first of the current crop, also the idea of Bobbie Rabinowitz, who along with co-founders Laura Friedman and Barbara Bailey, brought the idea to fruition. There are also an abundant number of labor choruses on the international scene. Perhaps one day there will be an 'International Choral Conspiracy'.

Choral singing - songs of workers performed by working people - is a very powerful modality, representing the collective working together for an outstanding sound, and is an example of how we can all work together for the cause of a just and peaceful world.
-Bobbie Rabinowitz


Brooklyn Women's Chorus - Bev Grant, Choral Director

D.C. Labor Chorus - Elyse Bryant, Choral Director

Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble - Collective

New York City Labor Chorus - Peter Schlosser, Choral Director

San Francisco Bay Area Labor Heritage Rockin' Solidarity Chorus, Pat Wynne,
Choral Director

Seattle Labor Chorus - Janet Stecher, Choral Director

- Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer and political activist

Copies of the CD are available for $15 (including postage and shipping).
International orders please add $3.00 for postage.
Checks and money orders may be sent to: Barbara Rabinowitz,
PO Box 2345
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
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