CD Hannibal: African Portraits / Daniel Barenboim, Chicago SO (CD 1052633),
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Hannibal: African Portraits / Daniel Barenboim, Chicago SO

  • 1. Libation: Harvest, 16th Century West Africa "Dafengbal"
    2. Duwa Beh
    3. Attack/Subjugation
    4. Middle Passage, The
    5. Auction: Potter's Mart, Charleston, South Carolina, 1833
    6. Wailing Song
    7. Victor Nelson's Cotton Field, Elgin, Texas, 1940
    8. Music Man, Shaw, Mississippi, Delta Swamp, 1945
    9. Three Deuces Club, 52nd Street, New York City, 1952
    10. You Can Find a Way
    11. 400 Years Ago Today: Living Inside the Clear Glass Cell, ...
    12. Redemption
    13. Epilogue Kora
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 98802

  • Credits
    ProducerMartin Fouque
    EngineerUlrich Ruscher

    Personnel: Jevetta Steele (vocals); Brian Smith (soprano); Barton Green (tenor); Theodore "Pepper" Jones (baritone); Al-Haji Papa Bunka Susso (kora); Ron Burton (piano); Cecil Brooks III (drums).
    Recording information: Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL (05/1995).
    Directors: Randall Johnson; Clifton Robinson.
    Photographer: Dennis Fagan.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Morgan State University Choir.
    This fascinating work traces the African-American experience from the Motherland, through slavery, and up to the modern day through a common musical thread. To realize this ambitious project, musician/composer Hannibal called on a host of artists, including Al-Haji Papa Bunka Susso, gospel singer Jevetta Steele and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While the end product suffers from the strain of overambition, there are many thrilling moments, especially Honeyboy Edwards' terrific contribution as the Delta bluesman. ~ Tim Sheridan

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