We are marching in the light of God.
Caminamos en la luz de Dios.
Story behind the song...
Siyahamba is a hymn that originated from apartheid South Africa in the 1950s and became popular in North American churches in the 1990s.
I first heard the tune myself a couple years ago at a School of the Americas Watch protest and vigil at Fort Benning, GA. Then, when I was #ontheroad earlier this year I participated in the #noNATO demonstrations in Chicago. That Sunday I went to church with my friend Alli (the same church that had been housing occupiers from around the country, in town to stand in solidarity with OccupyChicago to protest the NATO summit) and they sang this song as part of the service. It was so beautiful and amazing and empowering. We then went to march with the demonstrators.
I kept the program from that service, whispering to Alli that I was definitely going to record this song for my new album. She approved.
I did not know then that my album would be called Heliotropism and the theme of sunlight, flowers, etc had not yet made itself apparent to me. That I chose to include this song is just a great coincidence that goes to show - little of this creative process is really in my hands. I'm thankful to the Muse that inspires it all in me.
Protest songs are dead!
Even though Siyahamba isn't an original, it's another great example of how singing together kicks ass! Like Sing At The Top Of Your Lungs, this song brings people together to change the country and the world. Members of Occupy Raleigh joined me in the studio to record the vocals.
And even though protest songs are dead, it's still important for us to remember that we have a lot of work to do moving forward. My album Protest Songs (Are Dead) paints some of that picture for us. You can now purchase hard copies of the album from my bandcamp page. The package includes the album artwork, sticker, buttons, and a CD signed by yours truly. WOOT!