Tahira | Rise To Freedom

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Spoken Word: With Music Kids/Family: Children's Storytelling Moods: Featuring Drums
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Rise To Freedom

by Tahira

A collection of stories and songs set to world music that will give you an infectious smile, a lighter heart and a belief that people can fly.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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1. Rise to Freedom
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2. Strange Animal
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3. Gather Round
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4. The Boabab Tree
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5. A Story, A Story
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Album Notes
Winner of the Delaware Division of Arts 2000 Fellowship for her outstanding contribution to Oral Literature, TAHIRA has taken her blend of poetry, storytelling and music to over 100 cities across the country.

Her most recent album, Rise to Freedom, showcases TAHIRA's talents as a poet, storyteller and vocalist. Blending spoken word, song and world music this album is in keeping with the West African oral tradition TAHIRA is so committed to.

Don't let the number of tracks on this album fool you. This album runs nearly an hour and contains many audience's favorites. Here is a snip-bit of what you'll get:

Rise to Freedom - The title selection is TAHIRA's re-adaptation of the legend, The Flying Africans." TAHIRA's performance of this story received a standing ovation at the 17th Annual Black Storytelling Festival and Conference, where she was a Featured Teller.

Strange Animal - is a lighthearted tale with an effective message about being mindful of the words that we speak to children.

A Story, A Story - TAHIRA sings this gentle and haunting tune describing the power of A Story.

These recordings, much like TAHIRA's live presentations, are inspiring and up-lifting. Each one has a powerful lesson for audiences of all ages. Have a listen, you too may be transformed!

A full time performing artist, TAHIRA feels it is her life's work to continue in the oral tradition of her ancestors. She credits her mother for giving her the courage and support to pursue her dreams and her father for instilling her love for her culture.

"My intention as a performing artist is to shed light in dark places in order to chase away shadows and reveal the brilliance of the human spirit. My light is my gift as an artist. The dark place is fear in all its forms: racism, sexism, belief in lack and the list goes on. Fear/darkness is simply the absence of light. " --- TAHIRA


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A. Miller

Mesmerizing and beautiful, use caution for very young children though
This CD is wonderful and spellbinding from the first sounds: the instruments, her animated voice, the songs, the messages in the stories -- best storytelling CD I've heard so far. However, some of the themes might be a bit frightening for the very young or children with a history of trauma. But for older kids and adults, definitely a lot to learn from on this CD while being entertained. I love it.


Another great purchase
This is a great cd with a message to tell. Keep the work flowing. Peace

Bill Holmes

TAHIRA, Delaware storyteller, poet, vocalist and percussionist, breathes inspiration, love and pride into her CD, Rise To Freedom: Stories and Songs to Inspire! This 5 track CD demonstrates the brilliance of African storytelling through her gifted voice that invokes imagery of Africa and its beautiful habitants.

The opening track, “Rise To Freedom,” is an entertaining tale that takes place on a slave plantation during the antebellum United States where one slave risks his life for the freedom of others. The next track, “Strange Animal,” is an important and cautionary tale regarding the words which adults use to show love towards children. “Gather ‘Round” is a celebratory song that invites the audience to come together to be enthralled by “culture and tradition.” “The Boabab Tree” is a track that interweaves three stories of three individuals who come to the traditional Boabab Tree, The Tree of Life, seeking wisdom and knowledge. “A Story, A Story” is the perfect song that brings closure to Rise To Freedom.