Ronald Daise | Gullah Tings Fa Tink Bout

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Gullah Tings Fa Tink Bout

by Ronald Daise

A celebration of Gullah Geechee culture, featuring captivating vocals, rich imagery, and evocative rhythms and instrumentation.
Genre: World: African- West
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gullah Geechee Mean a Lot!
3:13 $1.29
2. Nshira Nka Mikra (My Soul Been Bless)
3:18 $1.29
3. Something So Real!
4:37 $1.29
4. De African Sperit Come Dong On We
2:07 $1.29
5. Signs, Stories, Solutions
4:55 $1.29
6. Tears an Horra
4:10 $1.29
7. Well Known Fa Growin Rice
3:20 $1.29
8. African Diaspora
1:42 $1.29
9. De Rice Sing
2:35 $1.29
10. Gullah Cousin Ta Krio
2:37 $1.29
11. De Exaddis
4:58 $1.29
12. Unda the Same Sun
2:54 $1.29
13. Dats Right, I Am a Gullah
3:25 $1.29
14. There's a Connection
2:55 $1.29
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Album Notes
A Gullah Geechee native of St. Helena Island, SC, I grew up not fully aware of the significance of my heritage. Without endearment to the words "Gullah" or "Geechee." Identifying my culture as that of a "Sea Islander" filled me with pride and inspired my writing of books and presentations. In the 1990's, my wife and I, along with our two children, starred in and served as cultural consultants for Nick Jr. TV's award-winning "Gullah Gullah Island," which catapulted Gullah culture to a mainstream audience. Around that time, I also served as a Charter Member of the Sea Island Translation Team and Literacy Project, which began translating the Bible into Gullah.

My cultural pride continued to blossom when I traveled to Ghana and Sierra Leone, West Africa, during 2004 and 2005. I internally would hear the songs from my childhood and was inspired to use those tunes to write about my experiences of witnessing connections with my heritage. The 14 selections of songs and readings featured on “Gullah Tings fa Tink Bout” inspire cultural celebration and understanding in fun ways!

The CD’s musical styles include traditional spiritual and also the genres that spirituals birthed: southern blues, stomp and clap gospel, Gullah Geechee/West African pop, and also a Gullah Geechee/West African/Caribbean blend. The themes that are highlighted are: African Diaspora; the common cultural connections of food ways, language, rice heritage, crafts, music; the tragedy of enslavement, the importance of family, and the resilience of survival.

This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. I collaborated with Travis Winbush, a musician, producer, and Gullah native of Savannah, GA, and Vernon B. Harris. Winbush and I previously had collaborated on the recording of “Gullah Geechee Mean a Lot!”, a song that I composed following my election to the chairmanship of the federal Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission in 2012. It is included on the CD. During the GGCHCC’s involvement in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade, the song was broadcast from the float as it passed the Presidential Review Stand.

As a performing artist, author, cultural preservationist, and former Chairman and Founding Commissioner of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, I am committed to celebrating and preserving our culture. Gullah Geechee people, tourists, youths, and adults, I hope, will be pleased. Visit Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, and hear many of the CD selections presented during my weekly "Gullah Geechee Program Series."

I am Gullah Geechee. I am proud!



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