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African American Legacy Series: A Life of Song CD

African American Legacy Series: A Life of Song CD

  • $1699


In A Life of Song, Ella Jenkins, “The First Lady of Children’s Music,” offers stories and songs that speak to her youthful years as an African American child in a multi-cultural world. Her career of more than a half century earned her the first Lifetime Achievement Grammy award for a children’s music artist, and her more than thirty recordings teach us to learn from one another while taking pride in our own heritage. This African American Legacy recording of Ella singing with children from the Cool Classics after-school program spotlights her own heritage while showing her delight for the traditions of others. 36 minutes, lyrics, photos, 28-page booklet.

This recording is the sixth release in the Smithsonian Folkways African American Legacy Series, co-presented with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

1. Pick a Bale of Cotton - 4:18
2. One Two Three O’Leary - 1:15
3. Calling a Square Dance - 0:40
4. Black Royalty - 1:45
5. Little Sally Walker - 1:13
6. Cotton-Eyed Joe - 1:19
7. I Want to Be Ready - 1:37
8. He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands - 1:47
9. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - 1:36
10. Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham - 1:15
11. Standing in the Need of Prayer - 1:06
12. Amazing Grace - 3:23
13. Somebody’s Talking about Freedom - 1:49
14. Sadie Complete - 2:14
15. Uncle Flood and the Blues - 2:07
16. Milk Cow Blues - 0:45
17. Summertime - 2:20
18. The Cuckoo - 2:04
19. The Farmer in the Dell - 1:17
20. This is Your Year, Children - 0:59
21. I’m On My Way to Canaan Land - 1:35


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