On Monday, February, 2, 2015 at 10pm ET, VisionTV will celebrate Black History Month with the world premiere broadcast of Songs of Freedom, a new 90-minute film from Rhombus Media’s Barbara Willis Sweete starring the internationally acclaimed Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman. Every Friday in February at 10pm ET, VisionTV will also broadcast the premieres of 30-minute Songs of Freedom episodes featuring additional footage from Measha’s performances.
In Songs of Freedom, Measha performs for the first time, an intensely powerful and spiritual collection of 18 ‘Freedom Songs’, like Amazing Grace, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Go Tell it on the Mountain, and Go Down Moses, that emerged from Africa via the slave trade to America, then to Canada via the United Empire Loyalist migration and the Underground Railroad.
As Measha explores the role music played throughout these turbulent chapters in North American history, she also discovers her roots and embarks on a life-changing odyssey to meet her ancestors in Cameroon, Africa. There, Measha learns about her tribal heritage, is initiated into their traditions, and uncovers the story of her family’s harrowing journey from Africa to slavery in America, and ultimately to freedom in Maritime Canada, where she and her family live today.
Under the musical direction of Aaron Davis, Songs of Freedom’s score includes Amazing Grace • Blessed Assurance • Deep River • Go Down Moses • Go Tell it on the Mountain • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands • His Eye is on the Sparrow • I Surrender All • In the Garden • Partons, La Mer Est Belle • Ride on King Jesus • Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child • Steal Away • Swing Low Sweet Chariot • This Little Light of Mine • Wade in the Water • Were You There? and features the Nova Scotia Mass Choir conducted by Marko Simmonds, the Ebenezar Choir of Cameroon, and introduces the charismatic Cameroon vocalist Sanzy Viany.