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5 Responses to “SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK / “Oughta Be A Woman””

chris defendorf Says:
July 23rd, 2006 at 12:50 pm

I’m so glad you chose “A Tribute”. I love this song. I have a friend of mine who is in his 80’s and can’t stand rap. I gave him the 20th Anniversary CD in hopes that he’d hear the reggae-like toasting in the song, mixed with the spirituals. I haven’t heard back from him yet, but I’m hoping he’ll dig this.

Peace!! and you know, I saw you (Kalamu) in a photo of Sonia Sanchez. Why don’t you put up her powerful poem “I’m Gonna Stay on the Battlefield” sometime?



ekere Says:
July 26th, 2006 at 4:45 am

This post–the music AND what you have written–are manna. We are starving for this.

Thank you.

one love,

tayari kwa salaam Says:
July 26th, 2006 at 10:30 am

I’m cryin. I’m cryin. I’m cryin cuz of memories, cuz of my passion that drove those memories. I’m cryin cuz I was part of an a capella group here in New Orleans called Cultural Voices that sang the songs from Sweet Honey in the Rock, songs that caused us and our listeners to levitate, reminding us of our unique, single gifts only we African/African-Americans have to give to humanity. I’m cryin. I’m cryin cuz of the courage and contributions of we African/African-American women to create a way out of no way, to point to ways unseen, to carry on in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Today the words of "Ella’s Song" travel with me cuz I be moved to sing it or am asked to sing it in just bout any gathering. I’m cryin cuz I yearn, deeply desire a world filled with peace, justice and equality for every individual. And still, I stand some 30-plus years latuh for that call for resistance. My tears are rich with pride for bein one of the steady strivers who knows the perpetual reality of transformation.

ekere Says:
July 29th, 2006 at 5:39 pm

Ashe to you, Sister. I think we are all crying the same tears.

one love,

victoria soo lum Says:
October 13th, 2008 at 10:56 am

wow, it was amazing songs and is there anyone sign language at the same time singing? i saw a girl use hand "i love you" in sign language. actucally im deaf girl:)

     kalamu sez

yes, a personh who signs is a member of the ensemble and translates at all of their concerts.


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