Sweet Honey in the Rock | Experience...101

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by Sweet Honey in the Rock

The internationally acclaimed, Grammy-winning female African American a cappella sextet presents a delightful new CD of 18 “life lessons” in song for kids and their parents.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 4 U 2 Know As U Grow
3:40 album only
2. Education is the Key
5:15 album only
3. When I Grow Up
5:05 album only
4. All I Have to Do
4:38 album only
5. Do What the Spirit Say Do
2:41 album only
6. Right Now
3:55 album only
7. Trust
3:58 album only
8. In the Middle of the Night
2:57 album only
9. Chinese Proverb
1:42 album only
10. The Soul of Nature
6:53 album only
11. Indaba: We Believe in You
5:05 album only
12. Member of the World Community
5:27 album only
13. Dog, Dog
2:12 album only
14. I Like It That Way
3:10 album only
15. Me is We
3:18 album only
16. The Best Medicine
0:34 album only
17. Gratitude
1:42 album only
18. 4 U 2 Know As You Grow (reprise)
0:48 album only


Album Notes
“I can see the children dancing and singing and laughing when they hear Experience…101.” – Maya Angelou

Sweet Honey in the Rock, the world-renowned, award-winning female African American ensemble, which performs a cappella (except for hand percussion), joins the Appleseed label for a delightfully buoyant and positive new CD aimed at teaching kids some of life’s basic lessons in 18 exuberant, non-preachy songs. The joyful sound of six magically interwoven voices and upbeat advice – utilizing folk, gospel, jazz, blues and even rap styles – will appeal to children and parents alike.

The CD’s colorful packaging – an eyecatching digipack and a 16-page booklet in the style of a school composition notebook – contributes to the theme of learning through music. Children from the ages of 9 to 12 pose questions about the mysteries of the adult world in print, and the members of Sweet Honey (six vocalists at the time of this recording, now five, not counting their onstage sign language interpreter) respond with songs of about peaceful coexistence, the virtues of education, the nurturing support and reassurance of parents and elders, following one’s moral and spiritual compass, and working to better the surrounding world. Emphasizing the group’s roots in African culture, the songs are matched up in print to Adinkra symbols used in Ghana, West Africa, to indicate wisdom, strength, unity, good fortune, harmony and other emotions crucial to leading a meaningful life.

The sound of Sweet Honey is almost intoxicating, as they deploy their voices in myriad combinations and styles – call-and-response, scatting, percolating percussive effects, waterfalls of harmonies and counterpoints, rounds, spoken rap-like segments, and just about every other pleasing way the human voice can be utilized.

Founded in 1973 by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon at the (Washington) D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company, Sweet Honey in the Rock has become a significant presence in black culture, folk/gospel music and political activism around the world. Over the course of 20 previous CDs and more than 20 changes in personnel, including the 2004 retirement of Dr. Reagon, the group has toured much of the globe, performed at major political rallies and events and been featured on Grammy Award-winning and -nominated recordings, in documentaries and books. "Experience…101" marks the first Sweet Honey release since Dr. Reagon’s retirement and is the group’s fourth CD for children.



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Karen Newman

Educational Music 101
Nothing else sounds anything like Sweet Honey In The Rock. Intricate, rhythmic, melodic and absolutely beautiful.


I can not say enough about how amazing this album is. My fourth grade students begged to listen to it everyday an they perfer rap!My four year old listens to it in the car and I vibe to it on my lunch hour. We are honoring Sweet Honey and the Rock and our assembly. My late mother introduced me to them.Thanks mom!