Listen to Dr. Ysaye Barnwell on Tavis Smiley as she talks about 40 years of making music! http://bit.ly/100FFqG
Sweet Honey in the Rock is so blessed that the First Lady came to our concert in Washington DC! Take a look at the article from The Root:(The Root) -- First lady Michelle Obama enjoyed a rare girls' night out to see Sweet Honey in the Rock at Washington, D.C.'s Howard Theatre, according to a source who did not wish to be identified. She was spied with fellow Chicagoan Valerie Jarrett, who is senior adviser to the president, catching the 7 p.m. show.Four years ago at a White House Black History Month event, the first lady called the soulful women's a cappella group one of her "favorite groups in the whole wide world."
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, HOT OFF SINGLE, “ARE WE A NATION”
HEATS UP FALL WITH ENCORE ROLE IN ALVIN AILEY’S DANCE
THEATER’S 5OTH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO CLASSIC “REVELATIONS”
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING A CAPPELLA ENSEMBLE ALSO HAVE
NEW CD RELEASES ONLINE, “GO IN GRACE” AND CONTRIBUTE TO
“HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT: GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT!” CHILDREN’S FAMILY COMPILATION CD TO PROMOTE HEALTHY FOOD IN SCHOOLS
New York, NY October 6, 2010 – Grammy Award-winning a cappella vocal ensemble
Sweet Honey In The Rock, whose thought-provoking summer single/video “Are We Nation,” stirred up the national debate on the controversial SB-1070 Immigration Law that was enacted in Arizona, will heat up the fall with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater when it celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Ailey’s timeless, classic and spiritual dance piece, “Revelations.” The series of commemorative performance events are scheduled at the New York City Center from December 1, 2010 – January 2, 2011.
Legendary Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Judith Jamison will have the conductor’s baton dancing while directing Sweet Honey In The Rock, a full choir, and a ballet cast of 50 dancers, who will be performing “Revelations” for the first time ever. Sweet Honey In The Rock will bring their soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms to “Revelations,” at the December 1st Opening Night Gala and New Year’s Eve performances.
“Revelations” marks the second collaboration between Sweet Honey In The Rock and
the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 2008, Sweet Honey In The Rock were featured guest performers in an original piece entitled, “Go In Grace,” which was a highlight of Alvin Ailey’s 50th Anniversary national dance tour. Sweet Honey In The Rock composed and performed the music for the mini-musical, which was directed and choreographed with dancers by Ailey protégé Hope Boykin. Sweet Honey In The Rock appeared in the anniversary production’s run at the New York City Center in December 2008, and in selected cities through early 2009. The “Go In Grace,” soundtrack was released independently by the group’s own record label, She-Rocks 5, Inc., and is now available on CDbaby.com.
In addition, Sweet Honey In The Rock contributed their song, “I Like It That Way,” to the recently released compilation CD, “Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat.” Sweet Honey member Nitanju Bolade Casel individually penned a spoken word poem, “If I Really Am What I Eat,” which is also featured the CD. The double CD compilation fuses 60 music and spoken word tracks, and special guest appearances by Julian Lennon, Russell Simmons, Moby, Bill Harley, Michael O’Keefe, and Tom Chapin, among many others. In keeping with the nation’s initiatives regarding nutrition and childhood obesity awareness, all profits from the project are being donated to the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food. The CD can be purchased on CDbaby.com and iTunes.
The group has also joined forces for the second consecutive year with the 9th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days initiative. During the month of October, thousands of artist’s around the world will use the power of music to reaffirm their commitment to tolerance and “Harmony for Humanity.” For more information, please go to www.danielpearlmusicdays.org.
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On August 10th, Sweet Honey In The Rock's Dr. Ysaye Barnwell made an appearance on the Michael Eric Dyson Show.
She discusses the group's song "We Are A Nation" which was written in response to the Arizona immigration laws and follows in the group’s long tradition of raising its collective voice in the struggle to advance peace and justice.
Follow this LINK to listen to the entire interview.