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.
|Agonizing, Cruel Slavery Days
|The Dirge of St. Malo (Louisiana Creole)
|The Dirge of St. Malo (English)
|Hymn of Freedom
|Uncle Gabriel the Negro General
|The Negro's Complaint
|Recognition March of the Independance of Hayti
|The African Hymn
|My Father, How Long?
|Children, We All Shall Be Free
|Ol' Massa He Come Dancing Out
|The Year of Jubilo
|The Enlisted Men (The Negro Battle Hymn)
|Rebeldia Na Bandabou
|Song of the "Aliened American"
|A Song for Freedom
|Stole and Sold from Africa
|Flight of the Bondman
|The Underground Railroad
|To the White People of America
|The Band of Thieves
|The True Spirit
|Come Join the Abolitionists
|The Voice of Six Hundred Thousand Nominally Free
|We're Coming! We're Coming!
|What Mean Ye?
CD Songs of Slavey and Emancipation
CD from Mat Calahan and Berea College. with OperaCreole's Founder as a consultant.