Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds from Accra, Ghana

I received an email from
Calpin Hoffman-Williamson who is a Philadelphia-based audio engineer and producer of I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds from Accra, Ghana.

A description of the project:
I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds from Accra, Ghana is an album of songs and performances recorded live from the churches of Ghana’s capitol city.

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.
released 24 April 2011
produced by Calpin Hoffman-Williamson
mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk

I urge you all to check out this amazing project!
Listen to the album in its entirety at: ihavemyliberty.bandcamp.com

Read the I Have My Liberty! blog at: ihavemyliberty.tumblr.com

Download and share select songs at: soundcloud.com/ihavemyliberty

I'm back!!

Hello everyone!! It's been too long since i've updated this blog.... but in the coming days, weeks and months...prepare to be blown away by more posts on music from the motherland!! With the Ottawa Jazz festival, Festval Nuits d'Afrique in Montreal and many other African summer concerts, I'll be sure to keep you all posted!!
I'm going to see the South African legend Hugh Masekela perform today at the Ottawa Jazz Festival! I'm so excited!! Are you?!

I hope he performs my favourite song:

Stay tuned my friends! :D