All for Freedom

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Lisha Papert Lercari, Common Sense Media
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Beautifully harmonized voices call for freedom.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that various aspects of African-American and African music and culture are presented -- from the Civil Rights movement to how a shekere (a percussion instrument) is made.

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What's the story?

Sweet Honey in the Rock is an a capella (all singing with no instruments) group made up of six African American women (including a sign language interpreter). On ALL FOR FREEDOM, as with all their albums, the talented sextet provides cultural and social lessons. In between the well-selected traditional and children's songs are the voices of kids talking about what freedom means to them. It is both touching and thought provoking. Thorough liner notes provide history and lyrics.

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Sweet Honey in the Rock creates music to educate, using their beautifully harmonized voices in their call for freedom. The beauty of their voices makes the learning easy.

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  • Families can talk about the meaning of harmony (a combination of tones of different pitches performed at the same time). Then they can listen for the harmonies in "Ise Oluwa," a Yoruba song from Nigeria. It starts off with children singing one of the vocal lines before the harmonies enter -- creating an excellent voice, language, and culture lesson.

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