Lom Nava Love (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

by Navasha Daya

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Soulfully anchored by the mesmerizing vocals of songstress Navasha Daya and the anthemic writing, arrangement and production of multi-instrumentalist Fanon Hill, Lom Nava Love is a towering testament to the strengths of Black families and their quest for true freedom in America. Prophetically titled Lom Nava Love, this 15-track explosive soundtrack and concept album masterfully touches on various genres and aspects of Black music. Lom Nava Love must not simply be listened to, but courageously engaged.

Touching on various genres and aspects of Black music, the 15 track album is held in unity by the voice of internationally renowned vocalist Navasha Daya. Daya’s ability to both navigate the myriad contours of Black music while employing improvisation in order to give her audience something beyond what is expected of the Black female vocalist corroborates this experience of Black families and weaves their resistance into every song.

“We wanted a soundtrack that transcended the boundaries of generations and reflected the day-to-day struggles and triumphs of Black families living in public housing honored in the film. From soul, to funk, to folk and beyond, we were aided in our pursuit through the use of vintage instruments, mics and studio equipment. We left subtle hisses and noise created by vintage equipment on certain tracks so as to maintain the integrity of our intent,” said Fanon Hill, Lom Nava Love's director and the writer of all the songs on the soundtrack.

Hill allowed ample space for Daya to employ the improvisational skill that has endeared her to audiences worldwide, a production ethos finely tuned to the main theme running through the album: freedom. From figures like Mavis Staples, to Mahalia Jackson, Joan Armatrading, and Phyllis Hyman, the strengths of Black women reside in Daya’s voice, an instrument whose strength parallels that of the film’s focal point, Foulks.

“I always want to use my art to uplift others and bring change, always have,” said Daya. “And so to me the lyrical content, as it relates to the documentary, as it relates to Black families, as it relates to American culture is very very important in these times, to hear this music, to hear these words. It’s a really great soundtrack for what's happening right now in society today.”

In addition to Daya, the soundtrack features the musicianship of Kush Abaday, Kelly Bell (The Kelly Bell Band), Jonathan Gilmore, Braxton Cook, Rashad “Hurricane The King” Hawkins, Quinton Randall, Abu the Flutemaker, and 84 year old saxophonist Whit Williams, who performed with the historical Royal Theater Band, one of the stops on the storied “Chittlin Circuit.” All are musicians from the DMV area who are also active change agents in their respective communities.

The soundtrack forms the musical backdrop for the documentary of the same name, to be released July 2016, which follows the work of Mama Shirley Foulks, a community organizer and activist in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood, who for years has sought to harness the power of Black families as the solution to the challenges imposed on them by structural oppression in one of the most divested communities in a city increasingly known for them. In the film, the songs that make up the soundtrack unobtrusively support the scenes in which they are featured, but on record the songs have a presence all their own, moving fluidly within a variety of Black music genres, such as:

FUNK: The foreboding political lyric “poverty has made me a refugee in my own country” epitomizes the funky yet playful track ‘Operation 666 Poverty,’ which invites listeners on a journey with a contemporary Black folk hero as she, and her family, are stalked by poverty at every turn, an encapsulation of the album's overall narrative.

R&B: The tender yet impassioned ‘Don’t U Know’ celebrates the undying commitment and love between an expectant Black father and mother navigating a system that views Black men with criminal records as irredeemable.

FOLK: ‘Whose Child’ dissects a billion dollar education industry that preys on children and families living in America’s most disenfranchised communities.

REGGAE: ‘Still About Freedom’ is a roots reggae call to action featuring Hill on bass and rhythm guitar that implores listeners to never lose sight of freedom.

Lom Nava Love is a phrase borrowed from the Ewe language, spoken in West Africa, and which expresses the understanding that if you love someone then you will come to them, a core principle of Foulks’ organizing philosophy. The phrase demands that knowledge of a subject, whether it be Black music or the Black family, come from a place of care manifested through engagement, not assumption. Similarly, the Lom Nava Love soundtrack is an album that must not simply be listened to, but engaged.



THANK YOU:
The Creator and Ancestors. Love to everyone involved in the creation of this album physically and spiritually. Special thanks to all the players of instruments on this album, MMH,Baba PHJ, Baba AFI, ALIMA, Paula Whaley, Walter Lomax, Wrightway Studios, Chase Studios, Joe Weaver, Global Design Interactive (GDI), Fusion Partnerships,Inc. family, Hill family, Boxley family, Hamilton family, Akwei family, Symonette family Williams family, Rippy family, Dirk Joseph, Mariska Lee, Jounrey Project family, Baiyina Abadey, Useni & Sharon Baba Nolan Shaw, Cindy Barber, Perkins, Joe Gorham, Charleston Okafor, Joel Greenlee, Dread Claytor, Papa Wabe, Marc Steiner, Marcellus "The Bassman" Shephard, DJ Phaze, Sean Yoes, DJ Frances Jaye, Dee Perry, (Ideastream), WCSB, WEAA, WPFW, WRFG, WCLK, WDET, "JAZZ ain't Jazz" InterFM897 (Japan), Soul Bounce, Soul Tracks, Sacred Light of Mer radio show, Stevie's Soul Love 1010, iLive Radio (Toronto), The Peter Tosh Estate, East Cleveland massive, Tubman City massive, Albermarle Square family, Cherry Hill Homes family, Beachland Ballroom, Sankofa Bookstore & Cafe, Busboys and Poets, Stephanie "Mecca" Franklin, Selwyn Ray, Lea Gilmore, Ron Williams, Joy For Healing, Januwa Moja, Uzikee Nelson, Don & Norma Freeman, Eleanor Lee, Erikster Richman. Doris Willis, Charlie Dugger, Abut The Flutemaker, Mozia Saleem, Min. Glenn I. Smith, Rev. W. Ray, Lonnie Burton, Tracie Rose and Golden Bridge. To all lovers of this album, we hope to meet and offer soulful musical vibrations.

Remembrance: Ginger Dukes Beale, Angelo Dangerfield, Edward Moore, Craig Ray, Murt, Box, Nephew, Ray Alston, Valgene Alston, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Queen Mother B.R.B., Emma Berdis Jones.



SONG REVIEWS

Lom Nava Love

"Love the song. It’s 'Top Shelf'."
Marcellus "The Bassman" Shepard
Syndicated Radio Host, TV Host, Actor & Emcee
Program Director, WEAA-88.9FM

"Navasha Daya sings like an angel! Her voice has the clear tone of a bell, striking a chord within you!"
Lona Alias
Producer & Host
Spirit of Jazz
WPFW Pacifica Radio 89.3FM

"I Am because we are (Tribute to the Dawson Family)"

"Strong and beautiful... I love this song!!
Shuya Okino,
Kyoto Jazz Massive
DJ & Producer (JAPAN)

"Baltimore Stand Strong"

"...An empowering Anthem."
B. Cakes
SOULBOUNCE (USA)

"Kwanzaa 50"

"Kwanzaa 50 reminds us that culture is the hallmark of a people seeking self-determination, justice and self-reliance."
Useni Eugene Perkins (USA)
Activist, Playwright, Publisher

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released April 27, 2016

Navasha Daya- lead & background vocals, hand snaps
Fanon Hill- bass, guitar, clavinet, background vocals, hand snaps
Anthony “Blue” Jenkins - bass guitar
Kevin Walker- bass guitar
DeAndre Shaiffer- Yamaha grand piano, Fender Rhodes Mark II, Hammond C-3 organ, Arp Odyssey, Moog Minimoog Model D, Korg MS-10 Synth,
Lorenzo Johnson- Arp Solina String Ensemble, Fender Rhodes Mark II, Hammond C-3 organ
Afi Nur Nkrumah- Hammond C3 organ
Matthew Chase- lead and rhythm guitar
Charles Wilson- drums
Kush Abadey-drums
Moziah Saleem- drums, percussion
Leroy “Boogie” Greer- congas, percussion
Braxton Cook- Alto Saxophone
Mo’ Horns - Trombone by Marvin Thompson, Trumpet by Theljon Allen, Alto Saxophone by William Spence

With Special Guests:
Darryl “Rip” Rippy - spoken word
Kelly Bell
Whit Williams - baritone sax
Jonathan Gilmore
Quinton Randall
Rashad "Hurricane The King" Hawkins - rap
Abu The Flutemaker - hand made instruments


All songs written, composed and produced by Fanon Hill

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
Additional vocal arrangements by Navasha Daya
Horn Arrangements: Navasha Daya
CD Graphic Design and Layout by Global Design Interactive (GDI)
Cover Photography Credits: Navasha Daya by Maria Golomidova

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P.O. Box 592
Baltimore, MD 21218

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Track Name: Baltimore Stand Strong feat. Fanon Hill, Kelly Bell, Jonathan Gilmore, Quinton Randall, Rashad Hawkins
"Baltimore Stand Strong"
Music and lyrics written by Fanon Hill for Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP); rap written and performed by Rashad "Hurricane The King" Hawkins

Verse 1
A pregnant city, she’s 47 years past due
She’s giving birth to a future that wants to be equal too
And like those before us, hand in hand with mighty courage in their hearts
We know we have no choice but to push, to push, to push to push on through

Chorus
Baltimore- stand strong, push on, be strong, love strong, love strong, love strong
Baltimore - you’ve gotta be freedom song! A freedom song!
Baltimore- stand strong, push on, be strong, love strong, love strong, love strong
Baltimore baby, you gotta to keep holding on! Holding on

Verse 2
Now just about everyday, someone new shouts from the mountaintop
All is better here, but that’s not the reality for me and you
Yet still we know that until lions tell their mighty tale
The story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter, our respect’s not for sale

Chorus
Baltimore- stand strong, push on, be strong, love strong, love strong, love strong
Baltimore - you’ve gotta be freedom song! A freedom song!
Baltimore- stand strong, push on, be strong, love strong, love strong, love strong
Baltimore baby, you gotta to keep holding on! Holding on

Bridge
What would Walter P. Carter say, if he stood here today? Now somebody tell me; what would Nancy Harrigan say, if she lived today?
Baltimore, Baltimore, Baltimore, Baltimore, Baltimore!


Baltimore City, look to the sky. The North Star is still shining, still shining.
Only we, and we alone can change, change our story
Everything we need, we possess within. There’s always a silver lining
The moon moves slowly, but it crosses our city bringing a fresh sunrise in glory

Rap (Rashad "Hurricane The King" Hawkins) - As all the high rises fall, those that fell still rise. Resilient in our eyes, you can see we hypnotized by the strength we possess as one. I look at my son and see the days when I was young cops had us on the run just from being born here and sharing the shade of my peers. I see the renaissance near elevating from fear, yeah. They throwing us away because our moms can't pay. Fathers need commissary cause they were raised the same way. So let us pray...

Outro:
Who amongst us will light a candle to help our children find their way back home.
Blessed are all the teachers, who teach our children that to live a life with truth is to be unsold.
Neighborhood by neighborhood we’ve got to claim a brighter future, that’s the only way we’re going to make it better.
We’ve got to let justice & love be the center of our persistence , yeah yeah, yeah.

Find our way back home (repeat)

Bringing unity like Jose Ruiz
Hmmm
One of these ole days
Be as strong as A.K. Brunson ya’ll
We’re gonna find
Have fierce compassion like Bea Gaddy ya’ll
Oh, hmmm
I’m gonna….
Self-determined like Charlie Dugger ya’ll
Healing hearts like Paula Whaley ya’ll
Organizing like Betty Robinson
Keeping our children safe like Greta and Mark on Font Hill
We’re gonna, we’re gonna, we’re gonna find our way back home
Yeah, we’re gonna find our way back home
Track Name: Love Journey
Love Journey
Music and Lyrics written and arranged by Fanon Hill / Published by Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

Chorus:
A love journey for the world to see
A heart once hurt lived inside of me
A love that healed majestically
A love that freed new beginnings for me

Verse 1:
When you give love, yet you find yourself
Put down, talked down, emotionally kept down
You need someone to lift you up
To love you up, to pull you up, to help you up, to pray you up
For me it was simply you, you offered me a love that made me feel so anew
You’re my love anthology, and every single page is autographed by you

(Chorus)

Verse 2:
In every season you’ve been there for me
In Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summertime too
You’re my marathon lover
And every second, every minute, every hour you come through
And In the winter of my life, you took my hand proposed and asked me to be your wife
You melted the pain in my heart, and like a blooming flower you gave me a brand new start

Bridge:
Never let heartbreak define you
I’ve got to share this too
A lasting love begins with you loving you, loving you
So don’t you, let the clouds fool you, the sun is still shining, on you, yeah
A secret from me to you, the sun is still shining on you
Your love is coming through

(Synth Solo)

Bridge:
Never let heartbreak define you
I’ve got to share this too
A lasting love begins with you loving you, loving you
So don’t you, let the clouds fool you, the sun is still shining, on you, yeah
A secret from me to you, the sun is still shining on you
Your love is coming through

(Chorus)

Outro:
Honesty - don’t you have no fear. You gotta live the love that you know that you want in your life
Mercy - oh you must forgive, and you must begin by forgiving yourself
Faith, Faith - seasons are meant to be fully lived, trust that they will pass, don’t lose yourself
Courage - why pretend you don’t need love you know you do, there’s a heart that needs love just like you do
Accountability - our children are watching us, model how you want them to love.
Discipline - rejection can be your greatest protection; don’t let bitterness get the best of you
Remembrance - celebrate, celebrate the men and women in your life who love each other right, yeah
Awareness – look in the mirror, look in the mirror, always nurture the heart in you
Look in the mirror, look in the mirror, always nurture the heart in you

VAMP
Always nurture the heart in you (repeat)

A Love Journey
A Love Journey
A Love Journey
It’s A Love Journey
A Love Journey
A Love Journey
Track Name: Don't U Know
Don’t U Know
Music and Lyrics written and arranged by Fanon Hill / Published by Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

(Adlibs)

VERSE 1
I spent so so long, searching for a love that never seemed to come
And when I couldn’t take any more pain, into my life with such beauty you came
The current of your river, gently flowed into my ocean
Our love is so good, like Oshun and honey, with you I’m understood

CHORUS:
Baby, don’t you know that I, love you
And Baby, don’t you know that I, truly truly treasure you
Baby, don’t you to know, that I’m in awe of you
And baby, don’t you know, you’re my sweetest déjà vu

VERSE 2
You hold up half my sky, but under life’s pressures you’re becoming undone
You’ve lived half your life, hearing “have a record you need not apply”
But your record of loving me gets me by and by
And my love flows from upstream sensually it soothes and redeems

BRIDGE:
Oooh ooh Oooh - its such an honor to love you, yeah, yeah, yeah hmmm
Oooh ooh Oooh its such a privilege to love you oh
Oooh ooh Oooh its such a joy to love you ohhh ohh ohh ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhh ohhh ohh

CHORUS OUTRO:
Baby, (Don’t you know)
That I love you
And Baby,
Don’t you know
That I, truly truly treasure you
And Baby,
Don’t you to know,
That I’m in awe of you
And baby,
Don’t you know
That you’re my sweetest, sweetest Deju vu

AD LIBS:
I lived this love with you before, we’re gonna be alright
You’ve overcome every obstacle laid in front of you; yes you have yes you have
Your love keeps me on the up and up, the up and up
Lay your head on my womb our child inside me needs you
She’s gonna have your smile, she’s gonna have your eyes, strength and your determination
Don’t you know that I love you
I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you
Don’t you know, that I love you…
Track Name: Lom Nava Love feat. Braxton Cook
Lom Nava Love
Music and Lyrics written Fanon Hill/ Published by Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

VERSE 1:
When the pulse of your heart proclaims love from the very start
Continuity beckons Lom Nava Love instantly

Baobab trees share sweet secrets effortlessly
West Africa offers Lom Nava timelessly

CHORUS:
Lom Nava Love is gonna get you (Lom Nava Love is gonna get you)
Lom Nava Love is gonna fill you (let Lom Nava Love exalt you)
Lom Nava Love is gonna touch you (Lom Nava Love is gonna touch you)
Lom Nava Love is gonna heal you (Lom Nava Love is gonna… free you)

VERSE 2:
A courageous love set on high blooms blissfully
Collapsing every distance with sole purpose magnificently

Love truly comes alive when we live our lives purposefully
So release all fear and live lom nava completely

CHORUS:
Lom Nava Love is gonna get you (Lom Nava Love is gonna get you)
Lom Nava Love is gonna fill you (let Lom Nava Love exalt you)
Lom Nava Love is gonna touch you (Lom Nava Love is gonna touch you)
Lom Nava Love is gonna heal you (Lom Nava Love is gonna… free you)

BRIDGE A:
(BG vox) - Come live in Lom Nava Love
Lead - Wash your Pain Away
(BG vox) - Come live in Lom Nava Love
Lead – Be blessed everyday
(BG vox) - Come live in Lom Nava Love
Lead – It’s such a lovely way
(BG vox) - Come live in Lom Nava Love
Lead – Come what come what may

(BG vox part 2) - Come and live Lom Nava Love (repeat 4)

BRIDGE B:
Lead – If you love me, you will come to me (repeat 4x)

(BG vox part 1) - In Lom Nava Love (repeat)
(BG vox part ) – In Lom Nava, In Lom Nava Love (repeat 8x)

CHORUS:
Lom Nava Love is gonna get you (Ooh Lom Nava Love)
Lom Nava Love is gonna fill you (let Lom Nava Love is gonna fill you)
Lom Nava Love is gonna touch you (Lom Nava Love is gonna touch you)
Lom Nava Love is gonna heal you (Lom Nava Love, Lom Nava Love)

Lom Nava Love is gonna get you (Lom Nava Love is gonna get you)
Lom Nava Love is gonna fill you (Lom Nava Love fill you)
Lom Nava Love is gonna touch you (Lom Nava Love is gonna touch you)
Lom Nava Love is gonna heal you (Yeah, yeah…)


(Saxophone solo)

(Lead Vocals and Saxophone adlib exchange)

OUTRO LEAD:
If you love me then come inside
Release all fear and give Lom Nava a try
If you have for one, you have for two
Lom Nava got our ancestors through, yeah
(Scat)
If you love me, you will come to me
(Scat)

OUTRO BG VOX:
In Lom Nava living in Lom Nava
In Lom Nava living in Lom Nava
In Lom Nava living in Lom Nava Love (repeats)
Track Name: Interlude: Amegan Adote Akwei (Lom Nava in West Africa)
Back home we say if you have for one, you have for two; that is the concept of Lom Nava. And it keeps family ties, and it confirms true love.
Track Name: I Am Because We Are (Tribute To the Dawson Family)
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)
Track Name: Kwanzaa 50
KWANZAA 50
Music & Lyrics written by Fanon Hill/ Published by Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

Intro:
Umoja, Umoja,
Kujichagulia,Ujima,
Ujaama
Nia,
Kuumba
Imani, Hey

Verse 1:
In Angola, there lives a mighty river
The river Kwanzaa, flows just like our culture
Through our veins, in daytime and nighttime
Kwanzaa nourishes us in this time

From East Cleveland to Bahia
Where we dwell, we exhale Af-ri-ka
From the Gullah Islands to Grenada
The seven principles live, ASANTE Kwanzaa

CHORUS:
It’s smooth, so smooth
It’s smooth, so smooth
It’s smooth, so smooth,
It’s smooth, so smooth

Verse 2:
Like shea butter, on Ebony skin (ebony skin)
Our love for Kwanzaa shines outside in (outside in)
Yet I hear, doubters back chattin’
Tellin’ lies and brainwashin’

High John The Conqueror is mighty and coming (coming)
With John Henry, so ya better get runnin’ (runnin’)
Yes, Sophia Word is gonna come stalkin’
And Gullah Jack’s truth, you better be harkin’

Chorus:
It’s smooth ,so smooth
It’s smooth, so smooth
It’s smooth, so smooth,
It’s smooth, so smooth

Verse 3:
Now Movements come and movements go
50 years later, Kwanzaa’s still got its flow
If you didn’t check it before, baby
(Hmm), now you know

Protected by Kwanzaa continually
We stand here so poignantly
In possession of positive identity
Nguzo Saba serves tenaciously


Bridge:
Whose rock centers u (centers you)
Whose wind lifts you (lifts you)
Whose river cleanses you (cleanses you)
The river Kwanzaa, river Kwanzaa, river Kwanzaa

Whose remedy cools you (cools you)
Whose offering holds you (holds you)
Whose harvest restores you (restores you)
Kwanzaa 50, Kwanzaa 50, It’s Kwanzaa

[GUITAR & VOCALS REPRISE]

Outro:
Heeeeey, Oh oh
It feels so good, It feels so good to have our own
From Angola to East Cleveland, I said now, From Baltimore to Canada
From here to there, from there to here.
Kwanzaa sunshine is soulful everywhere
We don’t need your approval to be no, the River Kwanzaa gave birth to me
Yaa Marquita, Paul Hill Jr., Baba Afi, Mama Alima
They gave me the culture that freed me
Liberation begins with culture
Culture frees me, culture frees me

(Vocalizing and drum break down)
Track Name: I Too Dream Of Things Beautiful
I TOO DREAM OF THINGS BEAUTIFUL
Music and Lyrics written by Fanon Hill/ Published by Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)
A Capella vocals performed and arranged by Navasha Daya


CHORUS
I too dream,
I dream of things beautiful,
I too dream, yes I do
I dream of things beautiful,

I too have the right. I too have the right
To dream of things beautiful, yes I do
I too have the right. I do have the right
To dream of things beautiful, yeah

VERSE:
A grandfather free from prison, after 40 long years, embracing his children’s children, for the very first time
A grandmother whose family lets her know how much they love her, for all she endured, for present and future hmm generations;

BRIDGE:
Emotions and sensations are electric in you
You’ve got to free them- to give birth to the beauty in you
Yes I know it’s hard to dream, when so much has been taken from you
But you’ve just got to remember that dreams of beautiful will lift you

(Vocal adlib & scat)

Chorus:
I do dream, yes I do I dream of things you dream of things beautiful, beautiful yeah
I do have the right. You do have the right to dream of things beautiful into reality

The future of the world lives in every child’s heart
The future of the world lives in every child’s heart
The future of the world lives in every child’s heart
You’re beautiful; you’re beautiful yeah
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
I too Dream
Yes I do…
Track Name: Operation 666 Poverty feat. Darryl "Rip" Rippy
OPERATION 666 POVERTY
Music and Lyrics written and arranged by Fanon Hill / Published by Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

INTRO:
(Darryl Rippy - monologue)

VERSE 1:
The future is knocking hard at my front door, and dammit I’m still poor, still poor, still poor
Poverty has made me, has made me a refugee in my own country, in my own country
I need a job, but I ain’t got no phone, no internet , no telecommunications are robbing me- brutally….
BUT I heard telepathy don’t cost no money, them vibrations are free, them vibrations are free, them vibrations are free - tell me (Did u hear me?)

CHORUS:
To be free
To be free, to be free, to be free, to be free, too be free
To be free
To be free, to be free, to be free to be free, to be free

VERSE 2:
Poverty pimps of every ethnicity
Are hustling in the nation’s capital, Washington DC
They’re signing laws that make me illegal in this country
Lawd have mercy, the weight of poverty is killing my family
Now this morning 310 protesters passed my stoop, they were holding signs and chanting sistah freedom is coming your way
But not a one, no not a one stayed long enough no not at all, to help me feed my children, they hungry. To help me feed my children they hungry

(CHORUS)

PRE-BRIDGE
I’m checking every corner, checking every corner- for the key to be free
I’m checking every corner, checking every corner- poverty is stalkin’ me
I’m checking every corner, checking every corner- for the key to be free
I’m checking every corner, checking every corner- for operation 666 poverty

BRIDGE:
No I don’t want a ticket anywhere, No, no
The fight that needs to be fought, lives everywhere
So I’m gonna plant myself where I am, I’m gonna get somewhere
I’m going to begin the fight, I’m gonna fight, I’m gonna right here, yeah

Oooh
(CHORUS)

OUTRO:
I spend so much time in rent court; rent court is now charging me rent- I’m late again
I hear James Baldwin whispering, if they come for me in the morning, they’ll come for you in the night
The emancipation, the emancipation proclamation ain’t really free me no, no, no no, no

(Daryl Rippy outro monologue)
Track Name: Better Than This
BETTER THAN THIS LYRICS
Music and Lyrics written and arranged by Fanon Hill / Published by Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

Chorus:
Yes I do know this ain’t the way for us to live. You must be crazy
Yes I do know, its got to get better than this, yes it does, yes it does, yes it does, it do
Yes I do know this ain’t the way to live, oooh no it ain’t nah
Yes I do know, we’ve got to work for better than this, now what cha gone do

Vocoder:
Dark Star’s on the scene for all to see, yeah yea yea yea
EC’s on the scene you’d better be, on yo wayyy up
Dark Star’s on the scene for all to see, yeah yea yea yea
TC’s on the scene we’ve got to be

VERSE 1
Now look through the trickery, and check it out- it’s moving all about
Around and around in a circles forever we go- so it seems
We’ve been in witness, protection, for 400 hundred years, here and there
But today our future, got shot up in a drive by
Now we’re living in fear

Chorus:
Yes I do know this aint the way for us to live. You must be crazy
Yes I do know, its got to get better than this, yes it does, yes it does, yes it does, it do
Yes I do know this ain’t the way to live, oooh no it ain’t nah
Yes I do know, we’ve got to work for better than this, now what cha gone do

VERSE 2
Now when you look in the mirror, what do you see- I wanna know somebody tell me
Cause our reality is reading like an obituary- somebody shout on the one!
I don’t know what (ooh), you don’t know what (ooh)
I don’t know where (ooh), you don’t know where
And everything that’s been, doesn’t have to be
Lets fight for our babies to live free

(Chours) & Vocoder:
Dark Star’s on the scene for all to see, yeah yea yea yea
EC’s on the scene you’d better be, on yo wayyy up
Dark Star’s on the scene for all to see, yeah yea yea yea
TC’s on the scene we’ve got to be

(Guitar solo)

(Chorus)

OUTRO:
(Vocals & Guitar adlib)
Track Name: It's Still About Freedom
It’s Still About Freedom
Music and Lyrics written and arranged by Fanon Hill / Published by Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

CHORUS:
Freedom, Freedom
It’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom
Freedom, Freedom
It’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom

VERSE 1:
Freedom is like the Spring Equinox forever giving birth
Freedom is sticky like the multiverse full of energy
Some oppress, some imprison, some colonize
Freedom people rebel, revolt and uprise
Freedom is light in the darkness of night
It feels so good. Keep freedom in sight.

CHORUS:
Freedom, Freedom
It’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom
Freedom, Freedom
It’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom

Verse
Freedom is like your very first kiss, over and over again
Freedom is like a victory lap that has no end
Some enslave, some break treatise some dichotomize
Freedom people agitate, resist and organize
Freedom people manifest higher vision
Ooh Yeah (vision, vision)
Uproot territorial division

CHORUS:
Freedom, Freedom
It’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom
Freedom, Freedom
It’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom

(Guitar Solo)

CHORUS:
Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom
It’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom
Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom
It’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom, it’s still about freedom
Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom

DUB Outro
Track Name: Whose Child
Whose Child
Music and Lyrics written and arranged by Fanon Hill / Published by Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)


Chorus:
Whose child is this you are hurting?
Whose child is whose future you’re burning
Whose child is this in need of unlearning?
Whose child is this who is yearning?
To be free, to be free

Verse 1:
Been in many school’s, with policies and rules in need of breaking
Another school’s renamed, a legacy is maimed, a child’s suffocating
Undervalued homes, bankers denying loans, soon a whole block is taken
Public school reform fuels gentrification, another step in our extermination

(Chorus)

Verse 2:
Test scores connected to privatization, schooling trumps education-
Unlawful school funding equations create modern day plantations
School boundaries redrawn, poor families are pawned and forsaken
Profit realization’s their motivation, where is our self-determination

Bridge:
Ohhhhhh
To love and protect a child, is to see your reflection in God’s eyes
And the strength of our youth, our youth, our youth
Should look after us in our old age but our children have been deemed obsolete,
so they revolt and burn down the village
just to feel the warmth of the heat

(Chorus)

Outro:
5 of 8 rule challenged for all to see in Ohio ignobly
Barely 1/4th access school choice in a community in Washington, DC
Impact funds diverted to protect a casino in Baltimore, follow the money
A lesson in the intersectionality of child brutality
To be Free (repeat)
Whose Child? Is it your child? Whose Child? Is it my child? (repeat)
Whose child is this…
Track Name: Hallelujah
Hallelujah (A Song For Mama Ginger Dukes Beale)
Music and Lyrics written and arranged by Fanon Hill / Published by Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

CHORUS:
Hallelujah (16x)

VERSE 1:
These are the days our maker has made
A blessed foundation, our ancestors laid

And these are the days
Our children we must raise

May the light in their hearts
Conquer darkness away

CHORUS:
Hallelujah (16x)
Adlibs - I can still hear Ginger Dukes Beale singin’
I can hear Mama Ginger praying
I still see Mama Ginger fighting, for the least of thee)
(Repeat)

VERSE 2:
Our healers laid hands, they chanted and prayed
Unsold and unbought, they bound the devil away

Still today, we’ve got to fight
Every which way

Our future’s on the line
And today is judgment day

(CHORUS)

BRIDGE A:
Ooooh, oooh, oooh, oooh, yeaaaaa
We’re coming, we’re coming forth, by day and night

Ohhhh, ohhhh, ohhhh, ohhhh, yeaaaaa
We’re coming, we’re coming forth, in eternal light

We’re still laying bricks on the protest line
Fighting for freedom once again, in this time

So many black bodies falling, in this country;
Does being born Black come with a penalty?

BRIDGE B:
And one hundred and one million tons of ghetto concrete, could never crush our hunger no no no no no no no no no to be free
And we know that the Iroquois confederation, was the foundation for this country’s democracy
Still they fight against our Native American brothers and sisters brutally


CHORUS:
Hallelujah (16x)
I can still hear Ginger Dukes Beale singin’
I can hear Mama Ginger praying
I still see mama ginger fighting, for the least of thee

I can still see Mama Ginger’s hands working,
Delivering the needy where they crieth
And the poor that hath no helper
Blessed is she, Blessed is she

The red dirt from our mother land, followed us to this new land
You’ll never be able to wash it off, try as hard as you can
And if you really could see, you’d know that this red dirt (this red dirt), connects you to your original identity and holds the secret to keeping you free

OUTRO MODULATIONS:
I hear Henry McNeal Turner speaking
I see Emma Berdis Jones healing
I still see Harriet Tubman fighting for the least of thee, for the least of thee

I hear Willa Oma Flowers singing
I can still hear Sthayi Bhava Das chanting
I hear Mama Lou Hamilton praying for the least of thee

Everything we’ve ever needed we’ve had it
We’ve got to build our sites of resistance
The valley of Dry Bones Runs deep
Such a glorious prophesy we must keep

I see John Baptist Coleman invoking
I hear Hattie Pritchard-Craig praying
I can see Patsy Carson fighting for the least of thee

I hear William Walter Cordel praying
I can see Fannie Lou Hammer fighting
I can hear Eugenia Hill chanting that sacredness resides in thee, resides in thee
Woo!
Track Name: Kwanzaa 50 (Greater Cleveland Kwanzaa Alliance Tribute Mix)
KWANZAA 50
Music & Lyrics written by Fanon Hill/ Published by Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

Intro:
Umoja, Umoja,
Kujichagulia,Ujima,
Ujaama
Nia,
Kuumba
Imani, Hey

Verse 1:
In Angola, there lives a mighty river
The river Kwanzaa, flows just like our culture
Through our veins, in daytime and nighttime
Kwanzaa nourishes us in this time

From East Cleveland to Bahia
Where we dwell, we exhale Af-ri-ka
From the Gullah Islands to Grenada
The seven principles live, ASANTE Kwanzaa

CHORUS:
It’s smooth, so smooth
It’s smooth, so smooth
It’s smooth, so smooth,
It’s smooth, so smooth

Verse 2:
Like shea butter, on Ebony skin (ebony skin)
Our love for Kwanzaa shines outside in (outside in)
Yet I hear, doubters back chattin’
Tellin’ lies and brainwashin’

High John The Conqueror is mighty and coming (coming)
With John Henry, so ya better get runnin’ (runnin’)
Yes, Sophia Word is gonna come stalkin’
And Gullah Jack’s truth, you better be harkin’

Chorus:
It’s smooth ,so smooth
It’s smooth, so smooth
It’s smooth, so smooth,
It’s smooth, so smooth

Verse 3:
Now Movements come and movements go
50 years later, Kwanzaa’s still got its flow
If you didn’t check it before, baby
(Hmm), now you know

Protected by Kwanzaa continually
We stand here so poignantly
In possession of positive identity
Nguzo Saba serves tenaciously


Bridge:
Whose rock centers u (centers you)
Whose wind lifts you (lifts you)
Whose river cleanses you (cleanses you)
The river Kwanzaa, river Kwanzaa, river Kwanzaa

Whose remedy cools you (cools you)
Whose offering holds you (holds you)
Whose harvest restores you (restores you)
Kwanzaa 50, Kwanzaa 50, It’s Kwanzaa

[GUITAR & VOCALS REPRISE]

Outro:
Heeeeey, Oh oh
It feels so good, It feels so good to have our own
From Angola to East Cleveland, I said now, From Baltimore to Canada
From here to there, from there to here.
Kwanzaa sunshine is soulful everywhere
We don’t need your approval to be no, the River Kwanzaa gave birth to me
Yaa Marquita, Paul Hill Jr., Baba Afi, Mama Alima
They gave me the culture that freed me
Liberation begins with culture
Culture frees me, culture frees me

(Vocalizing and drum break down)
Track Name: Hallelujah (Underground Railroad Remix)
Don't you, don't you turn back now (repeat)

Mama said, don't you turn back (repeat)