by Sweet Honey in the Rock



Sweet Honey in the Rock's reputation as an exemplary vocal ensemble steeped in African choral traditions and backed by rhythmic percussion dates back to the 1970s. Some 30 years later, the group's basic approach and rich harmonic sense remain intact. On Experience...101 Sweet Honey in the Rock bring their vocal prowess to bear on children's music, delivering an ambitious program of original and occasionally older songs. With intertwining voices, multi-part arrangements, and rhythmic underpinning, songs like "4 U 2 Know as U Grow" and "Education Is the Key" are really catchy. Six voices/musicians -- Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Aisha Kahlil, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Carol Lynn Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Arnae -- provide Sweet Honey in the Rock with a potentially diverse foundation. The foundation, however, is frequently limited by relying on similar structures from song to song, which means that while an individual song like "When I Grow Up" may be quite catchy by itself, it is too similar rhythmically to "All I Have to Do." This factor, plus the preachy quality of certain songs, mars an otherwise beautifully sung album. These faults, however, will probably matter little to young listeners or liberal-minded adults, who will find, respectively, the intoxicating soundscape and politically correct lyrics on Experience...101 easy to like.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2007
Label: Appleseed Records
UPC: 0611587110428
catalogNumber: 1104

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sweet Honey in the Rock   Primary Artist
Ysaye Barnwell   Bells
Nitanju Bolade Casel   Bells,Group Member
Tony Duncanson   Djembe,Guest Appearance
Aisha Kahlil   Bells,Group Member
Jordan Maillard West   Spoken Word
Carol Lynn Maillard   Bells
Jordan Maillard Ware   Hand Clapping
Louise Robinson   Bells
Arnae   Bells

Technical Credits

Ysaye Barnwell   Composer
Maya Angelou   Author
Nitanju Bolade Casel   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Author,Art Direction
Aisha Kahlil   Composer
Carol Maillard   Composer
Jim Robeson   Engineer
Mark Batson   Composer
James Bevel   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Cornel West   Author
Bernard Lafayette   Composer

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