A Grain of Sand, Music for the Struggle by Asians in America with Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin (1973) CD
A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle of Asians in America, a 1973 Paredon Records release, is widely recognized as the first album of Asian American music. Chris Kando Iijima, Nobuko JoAnne Miyamoto, and William “Charlie” Chin deliver their activist message through simply–recorded acoustic guitars and vocals, with the occasional accompaniment of bongos, bass, and di zi, a Chinese flute. Soul, jazz, and blues elements are interwoven in the American folk style of the songs. The artists were also influenced by their solidarity with African American and Latin American social movements; for example, their musical collaboration with Puerto Rican duo Flora y Pepe and exposure to Latino artists while living in New York. The liner notes include a political statement by the musicians, lyrics, and a list of Asian American publications from the era.
"This item is part of the Paredon archives. The original liner notes from the LP are included."
1. Yellow Pearl
2. Wandering Chinaman
3. Imperialism is Another Word for Hunger
4. Something About Me Today
5. Jonathan Jackson
6. We are the Children
7. Warriors of the Rainbow
8. Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains
9. Somos Asiaticos (We are Asians)
10. War of the Flea
11. Divide and Conquer
12. Free the Land
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