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Bringing Together Musicians That Are Worlds Apart

by The Africa Project

"The Africa Project" - bringing together musicians who are worlds apart - ~ an international music collaboration aiding African education ~ 17 songs on CD, 12 videos on DVD, 16 page full color booklet 34 musicians, 3 bands, 2 choirs from 3 countries $24
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  Song Share Time Download
1. John Howland's Lap Steel Amazing Grace (USA)
1:56 $0.99
2. Ukuphahla (South Africa)
2:20 $0.99
3. Bana Bayalla (South Africa)
6:43 $0.99
4. Batho Baya Ntsheya (South Africa)
3:13 $0.99
5. Derek Bodkin's Banjo Amazing Grace (USA)
1:02 $0.99
6. Jam in the Garden (Ghana)
5:45 $0.99
7. Izwekazi (South Africa)
5:57 $0.99
8. I'll Fly Away (USA)
4:25 $0.99
9. Larry Kassin's Flute Amazing Grace (USA)
2:07 $0.99
10. Hello To Me (USA)
6:09 $0.99
11. Nobuhle Manqele's Zulu Amazing Grace (South Africa)
1:21 $0.99
12. Sawubona (South Africa)
6:09 $0.99
13. Jestoo's Twi Amazing Grace (Ghana)
0:39 $0.99
14. Reach Out (Ghana)
4:49 $0.99
15. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay (USA)
4:40 $0.99
16. Watch Out Girl (South Africa)
8:48 $0.99
17. Africa Grace (USA)
5:02 $0.99
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The Africa Project - Bringing together musicians that are worlds apart
~ an international music collaboration aiding African education ~
17 songs on CD, 12 videos on DVD, 16 page full color booklet
The Africa Project started in the fall of 2009 when Mr. Joe Baker approached musicians with whom he had befriended during the almost ten years he spent building the Bay Recorders Organization (BRO). BRO is a full-service, mobile audio recording and production company based in San Francisco, California, USA. BRO offers on-site recording, mastering, and duplication to fans and musicians, giving them the opportunity to take home the music they had just been enjoying.
Baker’s idea with "The Africa Project" was to bring musicians together, work on common songs, and also allow them to offer original songs that could be collaborated on with musicians from Africa and the USA. With his many years of field recording, Baker was able to bring together these recording skills and use them for a special, globally-influenced project.
Baker’s original desire was to visit Africa and meet friends of his brother, Craig Powell, who had been traveling to Ghana since 2001. While doing research for his degree in wildlife management, Craig met many wonderful people on his visits to Ghana doing while studying the lives of leatherback sea turtles. Craig's personal desire to help the children of Ghana led him to start a non-profit organization that supports African education through providing scholarship opportunities. Craig calls his passion "G.I.V.E." or "Ghana Initiate for Valued Education." G.I.V.E. was granted its 503c accreditation in 2006.
In 2007, Baker’s father, John A. Baker, passed away at age 76 after a short illness. During his 31 years of dedicated employment as a buyer for Pier 1 Imports, John traveled the world. John had been fortunate enough to see the places that Craig wanted to help. G.I.V.E. had been set up to help the children of the country that Craig had fallen in love with, and one of John's final desires was to make a generous donation to G.I.V.E. With the donation, a kindergarten and first grade classroom were built at the Natilla School in Abrafo-Odumasi, Ghana. These reasons led to Joe’s desire to travel to Ghana.
Baker wanted to see the classroom that his father's donation had built, see the children that were now going to school there, and meet Craig's "Ghana Family," about whom Joe had heard stories for almost ten years. While music has been a passion of Baker’s for many years, he has also been a life-long soccer fan. This enjoyment led Joe to travel from Ghana to South Africa to attend the matches of the 2010 World Cup. During Baker’s reaching out and sharing of his "Africa Project" dream with his many business and personal relationships, he met a woman name Irene Rademaker, who lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
After understanding the project and its importance, Irene invited Baker to stay with her during his time in South Africa. More importantly, Irene introduced Baker to one of her friends, Tu Nokwe. Tu's father started the NCD Foundation in 1978, which led to the creation of the first Amajika Performing Arts Centers throughout South Africa. Amajika centers, which now number twenty-six, offer after-school tutoring, dance, theater, and music to South African children. After understanding the intentions of the project, Tu and her crew made arrangements to have a two-day music festival at one of the Amajika centers in Johannesburg. Seventeen bands and musicians from all over South Africa were brought together to participate in The Africa Project concept.
In June 2010 (Baker’s departure date to Africa), three songs were ready for additional touches by African musicians with whom BRO had booked recording sessions. These three songs were: "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding; "I'll Fly Away" by Alfred E. Brumely; and "Hello To Me," an original song written and donated by Jordan Feinstein. Not only were all of the pre-arranged recording sessions successful, but a few spontaneous recording sessions were added, leading to the uniqueness and spirit of the project. While in Africa, Baker recorded a total of 26 bands, 23 musicians and six choirs, most of whom contributed to the three original songs. 
Baker returned with eighteen new songs that were donated by the African musicians who had been recorded during the project. During the fall of 2010, American musicians were added to the three original songs as well as to the new songs brought back from Africa, thus creating extraordinary compositions from three different countries. The CD concept of "The Africa Project" recordings allowed each of the musicians to have full freedom to explore musical boundaries, and to allow each of them to put their ideas and suggestions into each of the songs. Agent 19, the audio engineer who volunteered to do the final mixing, took each of the musical suggestions and created 12 new songs with the incredible efforts of the new collaborators. These efforts created new musical compositions by musicians from three different countries, all brought together by mobile recording techniques.
The DVD concept allowed each of the ten editors to be supplied with two camera angle options that were shot during each of the musicians recording sessions. In addition to the video taken from the sessions, each editor was offered a 300-gig well of "B-Roll" options that Baker shot while in Ghana. By giving each video editor the blank canvas to present his/her video in this unique way, the songs have a uniqueness all their own. Each editor was given as much freedom as possible, with no cross-referencing of shots being made. This led to a very interesting final visual completion to the project.
Some editors chose not to use any B-Roll options and shoot their video with musicians only, while other editors "seasoned" their video with some very interesting visual captures that Baker had gathered while in Ghana.
Twelve songs from 34 musicians, two bands, and two choirs complete Baker’s dream of "The Africa Project. "
Package included CD with 17 songs, DVD with 12 videos, and 16 page full color booklet.
One hundred percent of all sales’ profits will be split evenly between G.I.V.E.;, an organization creating educational opportunities in Ghana, West Africa for primary & secondary school children; Amajika Performing Arts Foundation (NCD Foundation); and, a foundation on 26 campuses throughout South Africa that offers after-school care, tutoring, dance, theater, & music.



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