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I Have My Liberty! : Gospel Sounds From Accra, Ghana

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Listen  1. Adoration PrayerChrist Believer's Ministry 1:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Good Things for GhanaFamily Worship Centre0:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Onyame BaThe Divine Healer's Church: Nima Assembly 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Let All The People Praise Thy NameThe Divine Healer's Church: Nima Assembly 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Aden Nti Na Merenna W'aseThe Divine Healer's Church: Nima Assembly0:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Onyame YeThe Divine Healer's Church: Nima Assembly 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Abigail's Praise SongThe Divine Healer's Church: Nima Assembly 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Spiritual DialectProphetess Bernice Aryee Of Christ Believer's Ministry0:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Glory Be OheneChrist Believer's Ministry 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. On the MountainChrist Believer's Ministry0:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Drums from the Yellow ChurchChrist Believer's Ministry 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Trust and ObeyChrist Believer's Ministry 1:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A Great HarvestFamily Worship Centre0:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Yewo FawohodiThe Divine Healer's Church: Nima Assembly 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Drums from AshaimanThe Divine Healer's Church: Ashaiman Assembly 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I Have My LibertyThe Divine Healer's Church: Nima Assembly 1:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Wayi Me AfiriThe Divine Healer's Church: Nima Assembly 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sunday SchoolGreat Grace Church 1:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. CountdownShallom Youth Choir 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Welcome to Great GraceGreat Grace Church 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. No Politics In HeavenGreat Grace Church0:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Holy Holy GhostChrist Believer's Ministry 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Stand Firm ChurchGreat Grace Church 1:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Claps from Power MiraclePower Miracle Chapel Int.0:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Closing WorshipChrist Believer's Ministry 8:21£0.99  Buy MP3 

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I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds from Accra, Ghana is an album of sounds and performances recorded live in 2008 from the churches of Ghana's capital city. This album is the missing link between American gospel records by artists like Rev. Johnny L. Jones and traditional African artists like those featured on Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM. I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds from Accra, Ghana is an album of sounds and performances recorded live in 2008 from the churches of Ghana's capital city. Amid Accra s bustling sprawl of swirling dust and exhaust, are countless havens for homegrown musical expression: charismatic and spiritual Christian churches. There, distorted PA systems, anchored by female singers, and ramshackle guitars played by a rotating cast of local men weave in and out of popular melodies bringing congregations to their feet. Singers emote in repeated phrases, lifted by tambourines, claps, and percussion, to unite their voices in praise and worship. I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds from Accra, Ghana takes listeners into these churches, where congregations join together to process the anxieties of their West African metropolis.

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It Seems Jesus DID Cross the Atlas Mountains 15 Oct. 2012
By Arthur Shuey - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I Have My Liberty
Gospel Sounds From Accra, Ghana
Various Artists
Dust to Digital Records DTD-23

Missionaries attempting to convert newly enslaved West Africans to their new masters' religion in the colonial period were often told by slavers, "Jesus never crossed the Atlas Mountains." The cynical idea that people of the region are not suited for anything as gentle and civilized as Christianity remains an undercurrent idea throughout the Western World even today, with self-proclaimed Christian clergy and congregations in Ghana frequently appearing in headlines for mixing their faith with pagan beliefs and for crimes ranging from fraud to rape, as if any denomination anywhere has ever been proof against the darker spiritualisms and predilections of our species.

"I Have My Liberty" is a release so unashamedly passionate as to prove itself at first listen to be 100% pure church music, though perhaps not straight out of the hymnals closest to the hands of readers of this review. It is shared praise, prayer and faith, and not altogether unfamiliar to non-West African ears. One hears "missing link" melodies connecting, for example, chants from the original, Old World "Ashanti towns" and "Goodnight, Irene." Some of the recordings, too, interestingly seem to go back toward African forms from traditional Protestant hymns like "Go Tell It On the Mountain."

World music fans browsing CD bins might briefly contemplate this release and go on to another, presuming that an anthology of recordings from Christian congregations in Accra such as "I Have My Liberty" would lack the listening pleasure of variety. Such is not the case at all. From prayers to acapella choir to drum backing to more complex instrumentation, this collection has as much variety as the space on a CD permits.
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