I AM BECAUSE WE ARE (Tribute to the Dawson Family)

by Navasha Daya

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The third single from the original motion picture soundtrack for Lom Nava Love, “I Am Because We Are (Tribute to the Dawson Family)” is a high-energy tribute to a family of seven (two parents and five children) murdered in Baltimore, Maryland in 2002 after their rowhouse was firebombed. The up-tempo track ignites the African philosophical system of Ubuntu which communicates a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity and is an expression of collective respect for human dignity.

Daya’s euphonious vocal performance is solid as a rock throughout the track as she creates a path to remembrance, healing and collective action. Written, composed and produced by Fanon Hill, “I Am Because We Are (Tribute to the Dawson Family),” also presents a shining rhythm section including Grammy award winning percussionist Mosiah Saleem and virtuoso drumming sensation Kush Abadey among others skillfully backing Daya.

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I AM BECAUSE WE ARE (Tribute to the Dawson Family)
Music and Lyrics by Fanon Hill/ Published by (Candlestick Freedom Publishing)

(INTRO)
Lives on, the Dawson family loves strong, the Dawson family fights on, the Dawson family remains strong, the Dawson family (repeat all)

(VERSE 1)
Once upon, a time seemingly so
There lived a family all the world should know
Sacred's their name, sing it high sing it low,
With courage they challenged the status quo

(CHORUS)
I am because we are, therefore I am
The circle of life has no end, we begin without and within

(VERSE 2)
A fairy tale, this is not (no, no, no)
A family of seven sent down from heaven
So let us speak, their truth, into tomorrow
From their legacy, Baltimore must borrow

(CHORUS)
I am because we are, therefore I am
The circle of life has no end, we begin without and within

(BRIDGE A)
Dawson family
You're a sunrise that never sets, a love that is always kept
Dawson family
Sacredness decorates your name, we affirm you and proclaim

(BRIDGE B)
Dawson Family, heaven lives in your name
Dawson family, angels protect you just the same

(INSTRUMENTAL VERSE- horn and piano )

(BRIDGE A)
Dawson family
You're a sunrise that never sets, a love that is always kept
Dawson family
Sacredness decorates your name, we affirm you and proclaim

(BRIDGE B)
Dawson Family, heaven lives in your name
Dawson family, angels protect you just the same

(CHORUS)
I am because we are, therefore I am
The Circle of life has no end, we begin without and within (repeat)

(OUTRO: Vocal scat, piano solo and muted trumpet solo)

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released January 30, 2016
I AM BECAUSE WE ARE (Tribute to the Dawson Family)
was written, composed, and produced by Fanon Hill for Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

Lead & Background Vocals: Navasha Daya
Drums: Kush Abadey
Bass: Anthony "Blue" Jenkins
Grand Piano: DeAndre Shaifer (Dre King)
Electric Guitar: Matthew Chase
Arp Odyssey: DeAndre Shaifer (Dre King)
Percussion (Congas): Leroy "Boogie" Greer
Auxillary Percussion (blocks, talking drum, and cuíca): Moziah Saleem
Horns: Mo'Horns - (Trombone by Marvin Thompson, Trumpet by Theljon Allen, Alto Saxaphone by William Spence)


Executive Producer: Fanon Hill
Recorded, Engineered and Mixed by Steve Wright at Wrightway Studios, Baltimore, MD.
Mastered by Anthony Eichler at Tone Master, Silver Spring, MD
Horn Arrangements: Navasha Daya
Additional background vocal arrangements by Navasha Daya
CD Graphic Layout & Design by Dirk Joseph
Photography Credits: Aisha Butler of Jazzy Studios

For more information go to:
www.dayaworld.com
www.navashadaya.com
www.fanonhill.com
www.lomnavalovemusic.com

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Daya World, LLC
P.O. Box 592
Baltimore, Maryland 21203

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© 2016 Fanon Hill ℗ 2016 Daya World, LLC

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Navasha Daya Baltimore, Maryland

Called an “Astral Soul Goddess” by Mojo Magazine, Navasha Daya is a seasoned singer, songwriter, producer, who has performed all over the globe for the past 17 years as an indie - soul artists. Grammy- Award winning artist India.Arie says her voice is "the true definition of soulful". Like her cousin the late great Gil Scott Heron, she provides music that is both eclectic and soulful! ... more

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