MLK50 Tribute Performance
In keeping with the MLK50 Pledge, our performance intends to pay homage to the African-American and Afro-Caribbean/Latino cultures of the brave civil rights activists who came before us through the following means:
1) All composers are of African or Hispanic heritage
2) We'll examine historical views of civil rights issues and community values through time, from pre-history Africa to present-day USA.
3) Through our music, we'll face the injustices of the past and acknowledge the injustices of the present, no matter how painful.
A song of love and hope for people everywhere, "Allunde Alluya" is an East African lullaby. Lullabies have been called the universal language of love. They are simple songs found in every culture with common themes that echo beyond all boundaries, both geographic and human. In this Swahili lullaby, call and response technique is used throughout the chorus. The words translate to:
"O, God of the Sunrise, protect this child
Help the infant to grow and become a worthy member of our tribe."
*Watch the left side!*
All Night, All Day
This Gospel style hymn is based on a popular children's bed-time prayer. The song is sometimes credited to American Church of God minister and song-writer Otis Leon McCoy (1897-1995). However it's not clear whether he actually composed the song, or simply arranged it on paper.
A medley celebrating 40 years of Motown. Motown is an American record company based in Detroit, Michigan. From 1961 to 1971, Motown had 110 Top Hits. This medley features songs from some of the most popular Motown artists, including Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Supremes, and more! Study the orignal video performances in order to understand and be able to capture the essence of this genre.