kwelismith | Secret Meeting, kwanzaa Songs and City Sounds

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Abbey Lincoln Mirianm McKeba Nina Simone

More Artists From
United States - United States

Other Genres You Will Love
Kids/Family: Educational Jazz: Jazz Vocals Moods: Mood: Intellectual
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Secret Meeting, kwanzaa Songs and City Sounds

by kwelismith

If you like to learn try Jazz for kids through these Kwanzaa songs.
Genre: Kids/Family: Educational
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. Secret Meeting
kwelismith, Bubbles Dean, Pepe Gonzalez, Ekindra Das
8:21 album only
2. Kwanzaa Kwanzaa
2:58 album only
3. Nguzo Saba
1:40 album only
4. Colors
5:03 album only
5. Ujima
2:07 album only
6. Adabu/Manners
2:03 album only
7. The Watoto
3:29 album only
8. The Gospel Train
1:43 album only
9. Kwasnzz All Year Long
2:52 album only
10. Who's Gonna Sing Our Song
4:03 album only
11. The City's A School
1:34 album only
12. Junkyard Band Blues
3:13 album only
13. Girls
2:15 album only
14. Cheer
3:00 album only
15. Jesus Lover of My Soul
3:21 album only
16. What Are We Gonna Do?
4:02 album only
17. Do you Know Who You Are?
6:00 album only


Album Notes
Why were African American jazz singers not singing more songs about their own struggles as African American citizens?Why did Tin Pan Alley standards become the main staple for jazz vocal performance and recording?
These are some of the questions I ask in order to create Performance Art works.
If I had known the lyrics to "Prove It On Me Blues" by Gertrude Ma Rainey, I would have known to look to the Blues for the African American story.
In 1980 I saw a dance opera by Mudra Afrique, an interdisciplinary performance company from Senegal West Africa. There was a chorus of sixteen singers. They drummed while singing. Playing a stick hand drum, they moved easily from dance to poetry to song all while drumming and wearing costumes with scenery behind. I went to Senegal to observe their training process. Mudra Afrique saw no need for walls to separate theater from music, painting from poetry or dance from song. They saw all of these disciplines as one voice. Music as dance, as mask, as ritual, as song, as history and culture, as sacred and secular, as political, as a way of life. In this production of Secret Meeting, I keep moving toward what I saw and heard in 1980.Here, the musicians, the children and I are performing the African American experience with roots in African rhythms. The children's ears are being developed through a transcultural tonal process which is Jazz studies fro children. The drums and the string bass provide the foundation for the voice. Chord extensions in the piano expand the hearing of the singer. The trumpet plays the role of the talking drum and telegraph instrument. The guitar and percussion instruments add color, texture and character to each song. We paint as we make music. Is there a category called "Democratic Music?" No. "Holistic Music?" Cultural Diversity Music? Shamanic Roots Movement Honoring the Ancestors Music? Then, the closest
category would be Jazz or World Music. The struggle continues Kweli



to write a review