Sunday, October 23, 2011
EMWOT -East Meets West of Troost Presents:
THE GRIOT GATHERING
The CDs opening cut is from our leader of the struggle for all employees who have worked at, Kansas City’s Nuclear Power Plant and were exposed and poisoned by the toxic environment. “The Colonel’s Brief” by Maurice Copeland this is an excerpt on patriotism. He makes a profound statement about the most overlooked and under-served people of the world.
“Honeywell” by Cherith Brook is a protest march manifesto! With the backing of a full brass & drum corps, he sings with clever sarcasm in support of the ongoing advocates, activist, and protesters like the KC Peace Planter member, Sasteh Mosley (a Nuclear Conversion Activist/Speakers Bureau Lecturer) and other poisoned Workers from Kansas City's nuclear weapons plant.
Dirty D is a spoken word artist who espouses the many sentiments of the disenfranchised people who dwell in Urban Kansas City with the weavings of the excerpts of “The Community Update,” “Recess,” and “Power and Lights Out.”
Artists, SAHJ Kaya and Divine Intervention, add their energy with a Reggae flavor in “Nuclear Weapons.” She rages- “RAY-GUN! what you testin for?!!!” while “Political Strings” moves with spirit and a jazzy backup.
Other contributing artists; Priest Hughes and 337 as The Recipe – create a poignant brew with their clever spoken word juxtapositions against nuclear weapons with: “Self destruction,” and the downsizing of education with: “Parent Teacher Conference”… Their climax selection is my favorite, “What Happened to Hip Hop?!” This is the most Jammin Jewel of the CD for me! The Recipe told the truth about the greed, materialism that consumed and diluted the quality of the Hip Hop movement! I love the refrain “What happened to hip hop- did it die- did it fall down on the wayside?…
“Palm of Your Hand” is a powerful conclusive ending with a primal piercing purging high-pitched release and energy, leading to chants which permeate the collective consciousness of our time!
Maurice Copeland- Peace Planters Coalition
Dirty D- EMWOT
Cherith Brook- Catholic Workers
SAHJ Kaya & Divine Intervention
Priest Hughes & 337- The Recipe Poetry Guild
El Manna - Kingpen Coalition
A griot or jeli (djeli or djéli in French spelling) the griot is a repository of oral tradition, a West African storyteller. The griot delivers history as a poet, praise singer, and wandering musician. As such, they are sometimes also called bards. [the griot] has to know many traditional songs without error, he must also have the ability to extemporize on current events, chance incidents and the passing scene. His wit can be devastating and his knowledge of local history formidable." Although they are popularly known as 'praise singers', griots may also use their vocal expertise for gossip, satire, or political comment. Most villages also had their own griot, who told tales of births, deaths, marriages, battles, hunts, affairs, and hundreds of other things.
Griots — masters of words and music, Griots and Griottes — have been around for a millennium. the male griots and female griottes were historians, genealogists, advisers to nobility, entertainers, messengers, praise singers — the list goes on. Today, they perform on television and radio and record CDs. Many are popular singers who reinterpret traditional songs, giving new meaning to old words — As performers, griots and griottes are in great demand, not only for ceremonies and parties in West Africa, where they have traditionally appeared, but all around the world. Here in the United States, they tour universities to give insight into West African culture.
EMWOT -East Meets West of Troost Presents: THE GRIOT GATHERING
With your purchase of this CD, you will help support At-Risk Youth in education, cultural arts and positive Economic development, Sasteh Meter Mosley (a Nuclear Conversion Activist/Speakers Bureau Lecturer) and other poisoned Workers from Kansas City's nuclear weapons plant. Thank You for your generous donations to this cause!
The Griot Gathering has been devoted to nudging everyone from all persuasions in the direction of freedom and spiritual evolution. This music is “cultural-hip hop-folk-ethnic-funk.” They express a yearning for spiritual revolution -“There can’t be a revolution without Strong Men, Women and Children.”
To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one neighborhood at a time.
To promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between businesses and the public through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education, and service excellence.
EMWOT is dedicated to the sharing of experiences, stories, best practices and methods for achieving sustainability in both our personal lives and our communities.
Labels: African American Poets, Afrikan American, Black Wall Street, East Meets West, Education, Good Health, Green Business, Kansas City, Life, Music, Nuclear Weapons, Occupy the Hood, Poets, Sasteh Mosley, Spoken Word, Urban, Urban Farming
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