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Child Of Biafra by Ben Okafor

Cross Rhythms Rating: 8/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Album, World, Independent, Top Rated
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Songs from the stage show and the spiritual experiences of a child soldier.

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  1. 1. Oke Na Ngwele
  2. 2. Victoria
  3. 3. Ol' Back Yard
  4. 4. Nigeria We Hail Thee
  5. 5. Raise Your Conscience
  6. 6. You'll Be Fine
  7. 7. Obim Di Alo
  8. 8. Land Of The Rising Sun
  9. 9. Hail Biafra!
  10. 10. Melody Of Igbo Choruses
  11. 11. Jehovah Bi' N' Igwe
  12. 12. Mgbe En' Igwe N' Uwa G' Agafe
  13. 13. Africa Will Be
  14. 14. Love Train
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8/10

Reviewed by James Lidgett

Songs from the critically acclaimed stage show, this is a moving commentary on the experiences, both physical and spiritual, of a nation at war and in particular the effects this most brutal of wars had on a child soldier caught up in the conflict. A subtle combination of songs composed by Okafor and traditional songs and anthems tells a story of pride, of anger, loss and fear, but also of hope. The original dramatisation of Ben's story was created for BBC Radio 4 with great success and it premiered on stage in Manchester in 2007, 40 years on from the start of the war. Ben's own songs have a real Marley-esque roots reggae vibe to them and he uses acoustic guitar and emotive vocal to moving effect. The CJAM choir enhances the sound of this album tenfold and provokes an equally moving response to the more traditional songs. The Biafran war tore Nigeria apart. Through Okafor's music we might learn not to allow such a tragedy to happen again.

Style: World
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 42656
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Plankton PCDN163
Items: 1
Release Date: 2007

Songs from the stage show and the spiritual experiences of a child soldier.

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Posted by Paul Vincent in London at 20:35 on Feb 1 2008

I'm really looking forward to seeing this stage production when it tours later this year. Okafor is a powerful storyteller, and the prospect of combining his dramatic narrative with the quality of his music is extremely exciting. It would be very interesting to hear the comments of other African / Nigerian / Biafran / Christians.















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