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NYT notes Mutulu and young Tupac’s backing vocals on ‘A Grain of Sand’ Album

A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle of Asians in America, a 1973 Paredon Records release, is widely recognized as the first album of Asian American music. Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, and William “Charlie” Chin deliver their activist message through simply–recorded acoustic guitars and vocals, with the occasional accompaniment of bongos, bass, and di zi, a Chinese flute. Soul, jazz, and blues elements are interwoven in the American folk style of the songs. The artists were also influenced by their solidarity with African American and Latin American social movements; for example, their musical collaboration with Puerto Rican duo Flora y Pepe and exposure to Latino artists while living in New York. The liner notes include a political statement by the musicians, lyrics, and a list of Asian American publications from the era:

All tracks can be purchased through Smithsonian Folkways

The album Yellow Pearl released on Paredon was the poetic and groundbreaking “A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America,” which included anthems like “We Are the Children” and “Free the Land,” featuring backing vocals from Mutulu Shakur (his stepson, Tupac Shakur, sang along to “A Grain of Sand” as a child, according to Smithsonian Folkways Magazine). It was recorded in two and a half days at a small New York studio and that no-frills spontaneity brings the music alive still.

New York Times, February, 10, 2021

‘Maroon My Love’ by Rev Love <3

Maroon My Love by @revlovemusic
Video directed by @kyjproductions
Produced by @isaacfaith718 and Rev Love for Youth Black Faith Records
Executive produced by Femmes on Film

Please download and stream the single and B-Side as all proceeds go to support Russell Maroon Shoatz and Dr. Mutulu Shakur.

https://music.apple.com/us/album/maro…

https://open.spotify.com/album/02GC4y…#revolutionarylove