IJenNeh pronounced “eye gin nay” means Heaven. IJenNeh is a tasty mix of African, Reggae, Gospel and Funk music. This music was created exclusively by our music director, Lasana Kanneh and our producer, Jeremy Sauer. IJenNeh evolved from the earlier groups of Echoes of the Blind, Liberian Acappella and African Gospel Acappella.
Echoes of the Blind, was the first group organized by Lasana Kanneh, and originated in Monrovia, Liberia. This group was composed of eight blind men who sang for food on the war ravaged streets of Liberia. Lasana remembers singing in the midst of rebel fighting with bullets flying over their heads. At different points, he was forced to sing for infamous war lords.
Liberian Acappella was a group of ten Liberian men led by Lasana, who by fate traveled out of Africa and toured 46 states in four years. The goal of this group was raising funds for the orphans left back in Africa. One of the highlights, of this group was singing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee for a crowd of over 20,000 people.
African Gospel Acappella consisted of 6 blind men from the original two groups. This group toured the Pacific Northwest for four years and you can still hear Lasana’s distinctive lead vocals on the official website http://www.africangospel.org and their cds.
While the former groups were all acappella, IJenNeh has added the instrumental element to this music. Jeremy Sauer, the group instrumentalist has united with Lasana to create this totally unique and original style that cannot be contained in one genre. This union has created IJenNeh’s signature sound with soaring vocals, pulsating beats and killer bass lines.
Jeremy Sauer is now attending the prestige Musicians Institute, Leading Music School in Los Angeles for Contemporary Music Education. The music director of these groups, Lasana Kanneh suffered much in his native homeland of Liberia. He was born blind and ostracized by his community for this disability. He escaped war, persecution, poverty and personal failure to bring you these beautiful songs of hope, faith, and restoration.
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