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The Caged Bird Sings

August 2015

This special release was created in reaction to the overwhelming demand for a recording of our concerts entitled, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," performed in Arizona and Minnesota in February 2015. The music is a collection of pieces from cultures that historically have been oppressed, including Estonians, Native Americans and African Americans. While shedding light on the human condition, the music simultaneously celebrates the deeply rooted spirit of survival and hope. This album was funded by the generous support of individuals from around the world through Thank you to all of our friends and fans that gave this album wings!

Release date: August 3, 2015


Disc: 1
Track 1 Bawo Thixo Somandla Arr. by Sidumo Nyamezele 2 Sometimes I Feel Arr. by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw 3 Guide Me As I Walk Along (Cherokee Hymn) Arr. by James E. Green 4 Amazing Grace Arr. by Keith McCutchen 5 Ej, saulite, driz pie Dieve (A Prayer to the Sun to Set Early) Arr. by Alberts Jerums 6 Ezekiel Saw de Wheel Arr. by William Dawson 7 Sweet Home arr. Wendell Whalum 8 Saule, Perkons, Daugava Martins Brauns 9 The Caged Bird (from "Winging Wildly") Kirke Mechem 10 Hope and Quietly Wait Paul John Rudoi and Thad Fiscella 11 Ute Sundance Valerie D. Naranjo, arr. by Ethan Sperry 12 Lugsana, Latvietim Svesuma Klistot Jazeps Vitols 13 Ukuthula (African Prayer for Peace) arr. Andre van der Merwe 14 I Got Shoes arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw 15 Great Day arr. Warren Martin 16 We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace arr. Moses Hogan 17 Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down arr. Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory