Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Memory in the Center - an Afro Opera Homage to Nelson Mandela

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Memory in the Center - an Afro Opera Homage to Nelson Mandela

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Ernest Dawkins/The Spirit Residency Big Band

Memory In The Center - An Afro Opera Homage To Nelson Mandela

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Corey Wilkes, Marquis Hill, Phillip Perkins (tp) Steve Berry, Norman Palm (tb) Rajiv Halim, Brent Griffin (as) Irving Pierce (ts) Aaron Getsug (bs) Neil Gonzalves (p) Junius Paul (b) Isiah Spencer (d) Khari B (poet, words) Dee Alexander (vcl) Ernest Dawkins (cond, arr, comp). Live, Chicago Jazz Festival, August 28, 2014

The Sacrament/Movement 1/Mandela, Mandiba, We Honor You!/Homage To The Man/Sap's/Subterfuge/Movement 2/Mandela's Blues/Savior Of The Nation/Unjust Intio Right/Movement 3/Song Bird/Migration/Reprise. TT 73:19

This album is a tribute to South Africa's Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary, Politician and Philanthropist, who spent 27 years in prison and yet served as South Africa's President from 1994 to 1999.

Billed as an opera, it is really a blistering complex mixture of voices and a powerful band that has shouting and singing and passion, all laced with threads of South African folk music. …

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