Every Tone a Testimony

Every Tone a Testimony

Various Artists SFW47003

This double CD draws upon the collection at the Smithsonian Folkways archive to create a history of African American life and culture in sound—an aural history. Encompassing both the African American oral and literary traditions, these 59 tracks feature an unparalleled assembly of voices in music, oratory, poetry, and prose by historically renowned African American musicians, writers, and activists. The sounds collected here are testimony to the power, creativity, and resilience of Black expressive forms that have received recognition throughout the world. 59 tracks run two hours and 27 minutes. 40-page booklet.

"The Underground Railroad:A Musical Journey to Follow the Drinking Gourd"

Year Released 2001
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2001 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) African American Spoken; American History; Poetry; Prose
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) African American
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Autobiography; Blues; Buck dancing; Choral music; Circle games; Cries; Folk songs--United States; Folk tales and legends; Gospel music; Hip-hop music; Instrumental music; Interviews; Jazz; Mardi Gras Indians; Narratives; New Orleans jazz; Poetry; Prison songs; Rhythm and blues music; Shouts; Speeches, addresses, etc.; Spirituals (Songs); Spoken word; Stride piano; Topical songs

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101 The Struggle Langston Hughes 0:22
102 Field Call Annie Grace Horn Dodson 1:19
103 Complaint Call Enoch Brown 0:44
104 Intro and Knee Bend Lawrence McKiver and Doretha Skipper 2:55
105 Brother Terrapin, Slow Train to Arkansas Rich Amerson 2:00
106 Jack and Mary and Three Dogs Janie Hunter 5:55
107 Buck Dance (excerpt) Joe Tucker and Scott Dunbar 1:22
108 I'm Goin' Up North Children of East York School 1:26
109 Pharaoh's Host Got Lost Lawrence McKiver 1:35
110 Bars Fight Arna Bontemps 1:26
111 Earl of Dartmouth (excerpt) Dorothy E. Washington 0:52
112 I Wonder Where My Brother Gone Annie Grace Horn Dodson 1:20
113 Narrative (excerpt) Dorothy F. Washington 1:03
114 Speech at Akron Convention Ruby Dee 2:09
115 Singing Slaves Ossie Davis 1:04
116 Steal Away to Jesus Kinsey West 1:54
117 What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? (excerpt) Ossie Davis 2:40
118 Why Slavery is Still Rampant (excerpt) Ruby Dee 1:49
119 Free At Last Dock Reed and Vera Hall Ward 1:38
120 When Malindy Sings Margaret Walker 3:49
121 There's A Great Camp Meeting Fisk Jubilee Singers 2:05
122 Atlanta Exposition Address Booker T. Washington 1:17
123 John Henry Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee 4:07
124 Banjo Player Arna Bontemps 0:45
125 Boatman Dance Elizabeth Cotten 1:46
126 Shine Percy Randolph 1:07
127 Chopping in the New Ground Inmates of Ramsey or Retrieve State Farms 1:41
128 Lynching, Our National Crime Ruby Dee 3:47
129 A Recorded Autobiography W.E.B. DuBois and Moses Asch 2:37
130 Listen Lord, A Prayer Margaret Walker 2:57
131 My Heart is Fixed Reverend Gary Davis 2:07
132 The Titanic Lead Belly 4:08
133 Heritage Countee Cullen 2:59
134 Jungle Drums James P. Johnson 2:32
201 No More Auction Block Paul Robeson 2:13
202 The Negro Speaks of Rivers Langston Hughes 0:47
203 If We Must Die Claude McKay 1:02
204 Ma Rainey Sterling Brown 2:06
205 Backwater Blues Big Bill Broonzy 2:51
206 Married Man Blues Billie and De De Pierce 5:15
207 For My People Margaret Walker 5:45
208 The Children of the Poor, Sonnet 2 Gwendolyn Brooks 0:51
209 Body and Soul George "Big Nick" Nicholas, John Miller, and Dave Jackson 3:51 Not Available for Download
210 How He Delivered Me Juanita Johnson and the Gospel Tones 2:43
211 Long Distance Calls Muddy Waters and Otis Spann 7:00
212 Cry To Me Solomon Burke, Marc Ribot, and the Realtones 2:16 Not Available for Download
213 Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around The Freedom Singers 2:34
214 Birmingham 1963 - Keep Moving Martin Luther King, Jr. 3:46
215 Black Panther Party Platform Bobby Seale 3:02
216 Interview (excerpt) Angela Davis 1:06
217 Together to the Tune of Coltrane's "Equinox" (excerpt) Sarah Webster Fabio, Wayne Wallace, and Ronald Fabio 1:42
218 Nikki-Rosa Nikki Giovanni 1:16
219 liberation/poem Sonia Sanchez 0:39
220 Dope Imamu Amiri Baraka 4:49
221 The Village of Brooklyn, Illinois 62059 (excerpt) Hamiet Bluiett 3:35 Not Available for Download
222 For the Poets Jayne Cortez 3:58
223 Shotgun Joe The Golden Eagles 5:23 Not Available for Download
224 St. Louis Woman Ishmael Reed 1:26
225 People Everyday Arrested Development 3:27 Not Available for Download
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