Ngoma: Lessons from the Book of Osayemi

Ngoma: Lessons from the Book of Osayemi
Title: Lessons from the Book of Osayemi
Label: CD Baby

On 'Lessons From The Book of Osayemi' Ngoma serves up another helping of smokin' spoken word with jazz/funk/fusion with a slice or two of world beat. Electric Violin,Yidaki a.k.a Didgeridoo and Garage Band tracks serve as a platform for his political and spiritual conscious raising lyrics along with his vocalizing a song or two to sweeten your palate and feed your mind. Known for controversy this CD will not disappoint as the newly initiated Ifa Priest invokes Orishas and Eguns to join the party with enough funk to put a hump in your back. You'll be nodding your head to this. Ngoma is a living sage amongst those who do not have the courage to see their greater selves. His poetry is profound,poignant and necessary at a time like this or any other. This CD should be listened to with understanding. It is not traditional but it is our tradition.Once again in the midst of madness sanity creeps through to remind us all is not lost and if we chose to we have the power to make a better day. Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets Lessons from The Book of Osayemi (Chapter 1) is a powerfully and masterfully crafted CD. Ngoma Osayemi writes in an uncompromising voice, each poem providing much food for thought. Osayemi does not straddle the fence, says what he means, speaking in a clear voice. It is this voice that resonates with his audiences. It is this voice that touches and connects with our core self. We can only acknowledge it as truth. Lessons from the Book of Osayemi takes us on a historical and spiritual journey with Poem For the Absent Minded. He evokes the memories of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, H. Rap Brown, The Black Panthers among many others. I didn't Want to Write This Poem rips at America's psychosis. His words are visually powerful and colorful. Who can deny the rhythms and images of Palm Sundays Ritual, or Mom Believed in Jesus? Lessons from the Book of Osayemi is infused with passionate and superb musicology! Instruments live, breathe and speak to us. While this journalist found herself responding to the rythmns. It was far more than rhythms. Nor was this simply a listening experience. This was the blessings of ancestral spirits bestowing centuries old messages. Singing became chants and translated messages from sacred ancestral spirits. Yes, there are middle passages in my DNA! Lorraine Curelly.

1.1 Poem for My Egun
1.2 Mom Believed in Jesus
1.3 Palm Sundays Ritual
1.4 Poem for the Absent Minded
1.5 I Didn't Want to Write This Poem
1.6 String Scientist
1.7 Vision Quest
1.8 Oudoo Theme
1.9 Y2K2 Revisited
1.10 Paradigm Shift Revisited

Ngoma: Lessons from the Book of Osayemi

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