Babethandaza - 00:20
Babethandaza is a South African song, sung in Zulu. It means: "our mothers of old used to pray/ things are as they are because of prayer."
Glory, Glory - 06:20
Keep Your Eyes On The Prize - 10:22
E Hatta A Betta Apebba - 17:22
This arrangement of E Hatta is based on a traditional song from Equatorial Guinea. Sung in Bubi (The nearly lost original language of the island of Bioko) and Spanish, it tells the story of two sisters who make a pact to always stay together. Our arrangement is based off of the original version by Hijas Del Sol, and aunt and niece duo from Equatorial Guinea.
Wanting Memories - 26:41
A Sweet Honey in the Rock song which transforms grief into contentment and mourning into a beautiful memory.
Swing Low - 32:57
Motherless - 35:59
"Motherless" is a combination of three songs: "Motherless Child" by Sweet Honey in the Rock, "Grandma's Hands" by Bill Withers, and the traditional spiritual "Motherless Children Have a Hard Time." This emotional song speaks to the feeling of loss when a mother, or the comfort she brings, has gone.
Akekho Ofana No Yesu - 41:46
Soon Ah Will Be Done - 45:12
This song is a compilation of two African-American spirituals: Poor Wayfaring Stranger and Troubles of the World. It expresses the pure desperation resulting from a life so full of challenges and obstacles that are often beyond one's control.
Lift Every Voice and Sing - 54:26
Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing is a poem by James Weldon Johnson, written in 1900 for a reception for Booker T. Washington. It has often been called the African-American national anthem.
Going Home - 1:00:17
Going Home tells the story of the Tuscarora Tribe's exile from their native land in what is now North Carolina, and their longing for return. It is a song of urgent remembrance, conjuring the peculiar of violence that is American history -genocide, slavery, amnesia- reminding us that the blues we claim first came from "stolen people on stolen lands".
Modimo Trilogy - 1:05:51
The Modimo Trilogy is a combination of three hymns originally performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir. The trilogy opens with "Modimo," a song of awe and wonder at creation, and continues with "Izwi Lahlab'Inhliziyo Yami," a soulful confession of sin and proclamation of grace. The piece concludes with "Ke Na Le Modisa," a traditional South African interpretation of Psalm 23.
Hard Time Killing Floor Blues - 1:15:08
"Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" was written by American Delta blues singer and guitarist Nehemiah Curtis "Skip" James in 1931 describing the tremendous hardship and hopelessness of living through America's Great Depression.
Deep River - 1:19:39
Deep River is a compilation of: traditional African American spirituals "Deep River" and "I Know I've Been Changed," a Limpopo River work song from Zimbabwe, and Aretha Franklin's gospel rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
Blackfeet Cheyenne Prayer - 1:25:12
This blend of two tribes cultures was composed and arranged by our own Talisman alumnus, Adrien Wagner, who hails from the Blackfeet Reservation in Heart Butte, Montana.
Matthew - 1:31:19
"Matthew" is a song written by American singer-song writer Janice Ian, in reflection of Matthew Shephard, a young gay man murdered in a brutal hate crime on 12th October 1998 in a field near Laramie, Wyoming.
O Freedom - 1:38:06
“O, Freedom” is a trilogy consisting of two Negro spirituals, “Oh, Freedom!” and “Hold On,” and “Find the Cost of Freedom,” a protest song by Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Amazing Grace - 1:46:33
The words to "Amazing Grace" were originally written by Englishman John Newton in 1772. Not until 60 years later would the melody used today be paired with these lyrics. After countless interpretations and variations, it has become a classic Christian hymn.
Woza Mfana - 1:56:17
One By One - 1:57:34
One by One was written by Lebohang Morake (Lebo M.), the composer of music for The Lion King and is performed in Xhosa.