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OperaCréole Founder, Givonna Joseph and Drummer Kamau are featured in tracks 2 and 3 with The Dirge of Saint-Malo spoken in Creole and English


Mat Callahan says: "To those songs I trace my first glimmering conception of the dehumanizing character of slavery. I can never get rid of that conception. Those songs still follow me, to deepen my hatred of slavery, and quicken my sympathies for my brethren in bonds." - Frederick Douglass. The 'Songs Of Slavery and Emancipation' project presents recently discovered songs composed by enslaved people and explicitly calling for resistance to slavery. Some originate as early as 1800 and others as late as the outbreak of the Civil War. The project also includes long-lost songs of the abolitionist movement, some of which were written by fugitive slaves as well as free black people, challenging common misconceptions of abolitionism. Thirty one songs are presented in a double CD containing new performances in a traditional style.  An accompanying 80 page liner notes includes complete lyrics as well as reproductions of historic documents.  The liner notes also include essays by producer Mat Callahan, scholar Robin D.G. Kelley and activist organizer Kali Akuno. A companion full length book documents the sources of these newly released songs, as well as providing historic context. The CDs and book were published in June 2022 by the University Press of Mississippi in conjunction with Jalopy Records


Audio samples are not available but see the Documentary.


Track Listings

1Agonizing, Cruel Slavery Days
2The Dirge of St. Malo (Louisiana Creole)
3The Dirge of St. Malo (English)
4Hymn of Freedom
5Uncle Gabriel the Negro General
6The Negro's Complaint
7Recognition March of the Independance of Hayti
8The African Hymn
9Nat Turner
10My Father, How Long?
11March on
12Children, We All Shall Be Free
13Ol' Massa He Come Dancing Out
14The Year of Jubilo
15The Enlisted Men (The Negro Battle Hymn)
16Rebeldia Na Bandabou
17Song of the "Aliened American"
18A Song for Freedom
19Stole and Sold from Africa
20Right on!
21Flight of the Bondman
22The Underground Railroad
23To the White People of America
25The Band of Thieves
26The True Spirit
27Come Join the Abolitionists
28The Voice of Six Hundred Thousand Nominally Free
29We're Coming! We're Coming!
30Woman's Rights
31What Mean Ye?

CD Songs of Slavey and Emancipation

SKU: 364215376135191
  • CD from Mat Calahan and Berea College. with OperaCreole's Founder as a consultant.

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