African Portraits

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This fascinating work traces the African-American experience from the Motherland, through slavery, and up to the modern day through a common musical thread. To realize this ambitious project, musician/composer Hannibal called on a host of artists, including Al-Haji Papa Bunka Susso, gospel singer Jevetta Steele and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While the end product suffers from the strain of overambition, there are many thrilling moments, especially Honeyboy Edwards' terrific contribution as the Delta bluesman.

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