BaladéHomegrown(Winter Edition) is the first of a series. Each edition of the album will be released seasonally and contain a collection of songs revealing a piece of the larger BaladéHomegrown narrative. Each song is a story, so be sure to click on each one individually to get deeper into the BaladéHomegrown groove. And do listen with quality speakers or headphones--laptop speakers just won't get you there ;)
The winter edition of BaladéHomegrown, emerging at the close of 2012, is the embodiment of the will to clean ourselves. To renew our intents to survive amidst physical and spiritual violence and denigration. To renew our relationships among and between humans. To renew relationships with the trees, stars, waters, winds, and fires of this Earth that gives us Home. We hope these songs will anoint these last rites of dreaming in long winter nights towards cleansing and healing from the tragedies of the past millennia and grant us the vision to re-imagine our futures.
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Baladé = Homegrown = BaladéHomegrown. So technically BaladéHomegrown = 0 OR 1. It is the very essence of the digital sphere.
BaladéHomegrown is a seedling of sound covered by the winter cold earth, maybe under a sheet of snow or maybe not. It is a muffled call from the cave of origins. A yearning new-born's call for home. A new-born who's lost the comfort of a degenerating womb, and gained the possibility of manifest creation.
BaladéHomegrown is a movement. At once Indigenist and contemporary; speaking against the mis/recognition of traditional cultures as antithetical to post/modernity and towards the understanding of the complexity and wisdom of these traditions (beneath their -isms and flaws) to shift the world order politically, spiritually, and intellectually.
Baladé = "of the country," "homemade," "indigenous."
Homegrown = "Creole," "of the earth," "indigenous to the new world," "homemade."
BaladéHomegrown is a kind of grounded nomadism that seeks to resolve the timeless paradox of home vs. movement. It is about the possibility of finding home through movement, home in diaspora. It wants to explore the potentials of an intra-indigenous exchange in the practice of home.
BaladéHomegrown (Winter Edition) contains two point five digital songs: Zambi, Quiero Amarte and Quiero Amarte (w/ bass line).
Ok, we're done philosophizing.
released December 22, 2012
Produced/Composed/Written by SoliRose
Nia Witherspoon: Vocals
Samia Abou-Samra: Oud, Percussion (Cajon, Wooden Bongos, Rain Stick & Shaker)
Rachel Melas: Acoustic Bass
Gene Hughes [Telejet]: Recording Engineer / Editor (Part 1)
Danny Bernini [Spirithouse]: Recording Engineer / Editor (Part 2)
Rania Abou-Samra: Artist (Cosmogram and Title)
Mohamed Ali: Photography and Graphic Editing (Cosmogram and Title)
Evan Eye: Photography Support (Cosmogram)
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