Invocations for Kwanzaa
INVOCATIONS FOR KWANZAA: Suite I - Seven Nights with Nana & Achebe COME CELEBRATE Kwanzaa! An African American Harvest Festival Holiday with this 2-CD set of original music and stories for the Seven Days of Kwanzaa (Dec.26th through Jan. 1st of the new year). These captivating tales and songs will bring you back again and again to listen to this timeless work of art. A Perfect gift for you, your family, and your whole community for the holidays ' Inspirational and educational for the classroom or wherever or whenever children ' young and old - come together to learn, to play and to celebrate in joyful creativity. Story Line of: Seven Nights with Nana & Achebe It is the time of the celebration of Kwanzaa in the African American Community. 10-year old Achebe's beloved Nana has recently joined the ancestors. Each night of Kwanzaa she visits him in his dreams and brings her Book of Life, filled with living pictures of the Spirit of the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. Revelations appear and stories unfold with music and dance. Chanting voices interweaving and overlapping. Drumming ancestral and ever present Calling forth The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa the Nguzo Saba Story and Music are written, sung and spoken by Jacquie Godden. Percussion is arranged and performed James Imani Henry with added percussion by Rondo Raja. WHAT IS KWANZAA: Kwanzaa is an African American holiday of seven days, beginning December 26th and ending January 1st of the new year. The word Kwanzaa is Swahili for the' first fruits of the harvest'. Our African American celebration, created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, has joined an ancient tradition of harvest festivals which happened throughout Africa. Kwanzaa is a time when African Americans come together to give thanks to our Creator for our lives. We honor the memory of our ancestors and our past, we reaffirm the values that have kept us strong and we celebrate our heritage, our accomplishments and all the good in our lives. THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF KWANZAA At the heart of this celebration are the seven universal principles or the Nguzo Saba: 1.Umoja ' for unity 2.Kuchichagulia ' for Self determination 3.Ujima ' for collective responsibility 4.Ujamaa ' for Prosperity in our communities' economic lives 5.Nia ' for purpose 6.Kuumba - for creativity 7.Imani ' for Faith Each Night of Kwanzaa, a candle on the kinara (candleholder) is lit on the Kwanzaa altar to symbolize the principle of that day. Kwanzaa has joined the Festivals of Lights celebrated by mankind in the latter part of the year during the time of the longest nights in the northern hemisphere Duvali of the Hindus, Channuka of the Jews, Christmas from European cultures and now Kwanzaa of the African Diaspora. It is estimated that more than 50,000,000 people throughout the world celebrate Kwanzaa, with more celebrants added each year. ABOUT THE COMPOSER: Jacquie Bratcher Godden's work is inspired by her love of nature, music and world cultures. Her musicial background includes Western classical music, North Indian classical music, jazz, gospel, and folk. She has been a professional dancer with a background in modern, jazz ballet, African and Kathak dance. In 1998 she was recipient of the Marin Arts Councils Individual Arts Grants in the category of Music Composition for Invocations for Kwanzaa ' Suite 1 (the soundtrack of Seven Nights with Nana and Achebe).