#MusicReview: My Favourite Versions of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ Circa Kim Weston, as well as by Brandon Camphor and Oneway

In celebration of Juneteenth (19th June), I present my favourite renditions of Lift Every Voice. Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of African Americans who were enslaved in the United States. The hymn lift every voice was composed as a poem
as a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1900 and set to music by his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson.

 

Kim Weston, the first ever pop star to record ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’, chants the Black National Anthem at the 1972 Watts Stax benefit concert in Los Angeles, to a race of people, beautiful both in suffering and in thriving.

There are trumpets at the beginning, and her vocalising on D major has a reggae flavour, much like Bob Marley’s. Her intense vibrato throbs and pulsates through all three verses of the anthem. Weston indeed growls with heavy passion, in complement to the chimes of the organ, which is also intensified with the bass as the song fades out. My favourite notes are do ‘Do re me se la’ at ‘facing the rising sun’. I love how her voice bounces off the time signature as the instruments give a beautiful chord progression. The clip from Martin Luther King is inspiring, bring me to tears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMaMyVRB1cY

 


The rendition of Lift Every Voice by Brandon Camphor and Oneway is on E flat major. The group’s lovely chemistry, with yummy oohs in the mixed voice at the beginning is evident, with their group singing sonorously in chest voice, and then every member getting thechance to freestyle, belting and doing riffs and runs. The employment of dynamics throughout the song is very nice. I love the fact that this is an awesome addition to the different deliveries of the age old Black National Anthem.

#RelatedPost: #Throwback: ‘What Can I do For You’ Cover by Helen Baylor

https://youtu.be/3jZ0MBXWMso
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMaMyVRB1cY

MESSAGE

The promised land in Martin Luther King’s time was about equal civil and political rights for blacks. Prior to that, it was literally about freedom for black peoples who were under the yoke of slavery. It was an arduous journey, but God was with us every step of the way, as Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation freeing slaves was enacted in 1863, and effected in all states by 1865. Today, it’s about the protection of black lives from unjust killings by police officers, as well as against general prejudicial behaviour against black peoples.

God is concerned and pained by everything that concerns and pains us. (Hebrews 4:15) Sometimes, it may feel as if God isn’t doing anything about certain things, but we must remember that the earth belongs to man and for God to act, we must ask him to. Therefore, we must pray. We must ask him to show new ways to attack this subject and bring out practical solutions. We need to ask for better and more effective ways to go about activism for legislature and behavioural changes.

Do you see the promised land in this situation?

 

#Events: Say Hellurr to Events in the month of June and July!


Hey Guys, it’s two months of live concerts! No more being cooped up in the house for lockdown reasons. Looking for fun vibey christian events in the month of June? Check them out below

The amazing praise and worship power house, Bukola Bekes will be ministering at a worship concert at the Covenant Place on Monday 14th June at 4pm.

Catch Ada Ehi on Sunday Jun 27 2021 at 04:00 pm at the Palais de la Culture d’Abidjan, Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire for Motown Gospel Africa Festival!

Catch Tim Godfrey and his crew this Sunday, 11th June 2021 at the Eko Hotel & Suites for Fearless Devotion. Time: 5pm

More events coming up soon guys

Xx

#Thowback #MusicReview: ‘Afurum Gi N’anya’ by Laraa

Laraa throws in beautiful melismas here and there in the second verse, with the digital violin also making its debut. The ‘sltdr’ from the piano takes me back to Chidinma’s ‘Jehovah Overdo’. Actually, it’s the other way round. #checckit! here. Laraa’s vocals are so light and smooth, I bet she has the whistle range…

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#MusicReview: ‘Jehovah Overdo’ by Chidinma Ekile

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Chidinma’s palpable passion always shines through in her vocals, and she belts beautifully, switching to mixed voice in the same breath at ‘Hallowed be your name’. The back ups have a raspy effect, which sort of reminds me of Mercy Chinwo actually, especially when there is a match pitch at ‘Oya take my heart, I give it to you, it belongs to you…’

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