Soprano I (Bell & Singleton)
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.
Ain't That News
"Ain't That News" is a tribute to the Staple Singers, who were an American gospel, soul, and R&B singing group popular during the 1950's-1970's.
The opening seven measures are an adaptation of an old Paul Robeson 78 (this is a type of record). Paul Robeson was an American bass-baritone singer and actor who became involved in the Civil Rights Movement.
The rest of the song is original material intended to pay homage to both the black church and black popo music, just one of the many genres that owes its soul to the black choral spiritual. In contrast to gospel music, spirituals blend the traditional tall vowels of western choral music with the expression and unrestraint of both soulful church hymns and hopeful and defiant field songs.
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.