Kwanzaa 50

by Navasha Daya

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“In the tradition of the Freedom Singers who inspired us in the sixties, “KWANZAA 50” reminds us that culture is the hallmark of a people seeking self-determination, justice and self-reliance.”
Useni Eugene Perkins
Activist, Playwright & Publisher

The second single from the original motion picture soundtrack for Lom Nava Love, a documentary that tells the story of Black families in inner city Baltimore, Maryland and East Cleveland, Ohio harnessing their strengths to challenge the systems and institutions that would dictate their realities, “Kwanzaa 50” is a musical libation in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa.

Sung by the incomparable Navasha Daya and written, composed and produced by musician and documentarian Fanon Hill, “Kwanzaa 50” stands as a culturally, spiritually and historically significant soulfully funky anthem.

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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 solo with vocals]

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

(Breakdown with vocal chants, percussion and drums)

credits

released January 1, 2016
“Kwanzaa 50” was written, composed and produced by Fanon Hill for Candlestick Freedom Publishing (ASCAP)

Navasha Daya- lead & background vocals
Fanon Hill- guitar, clavinet, background vocals
Kevin Walker- bass guitar
Matthew Chase- lead and rhythm guitar
Lorenzo Johnson- Arp Solina String Ensemble and Fender Rhodes
Charles Wilson- drums
Leroy “Boogie” Greer- congas
Moziah Saleem- talking drum

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 background vocal arrangements by Navasha Daya
CD Graphic Design by Dirk Joseph
Photography Credits: Navasha Daya (by Aisha Butler of Jazzy Studios), Fanon Hill (by Navasha Daya).

For booking contact: booking@dayaworld.com
Daya World,LLC
P.O. Box 592
Baltimore, MD 21218

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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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