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Amid Accra’s bustling sprawl of swirling dust and exhaust, are countless havens for homegrown musical expression: charismatic and Pentecostal-inspired church services. There, distorted PA systems anchored by female singers and ramshackle guitars played by a rotating cast of local men, weave in and out of popular melodies bringing congregations to their feet. Singers emote in repeated phrases, lifted by tambourines, claps, and percussion, to unite their voices in praise and worship. I Have My Liberty! takes listeners into these churches, where congregations silence the noise and process the anxieties of their West African metropolis.
produced by Calpin Hoffman-Williamson
mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk
Read the I Have My Liberty! blog at: ihavemyliberty.tumblr.com
Download and share select songs at: soundcloud.com/ihavemyliberty