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VisionTV to Premiere “Songs of Freedom” for Black History Month

Songs of Freedom with Measha Brueggergosman

VisionTV Celebrates Black History Month
with the world premiere of
SONGS OF FREEDOM
starring superstar soprano Measha Brueggergosman
Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10pm ET/7pm PT
and Fridays – February 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10pm ET/7pm PT

ENCORE PRESENTATION: Fridays March 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 10:30pm ET/7:30 PT

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.

Songs of Freedom: Measha Brueggergosman in Cameroon

Measha Brueggergosman in Cameroon

Songs of Freedom: Marko Simmonds and Measha Brueggergosman sing with Nova Scotia Mass Choir

Measha sings with Marko Simmonds

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 GraceBlessed AssuranceDeep RiverGo Down MosesGo Tell it on the MountainHe’s Got the Whole World in His HandsHis Eye is on the SparrowI Surrender AllIn the GardenPartons, La Mer Est BelleRide on King JesusSometimes I Feel Like a Motherless ChildSteal AwaySwing Low Sweet ChariotThis Little Light of MineWade in the WaterWere You There? and features the Nova Scotia Mass Choir conducted by Marko Simmonds, the Ebenezer Choir of Cameroon, and introduces the charismatic Cameroon vocalist Sanzy Viany.

Songs of Freedom: Measha Brueggergosman and Sanzy Viany in Cameroon

Measha sings with Sanzy Viany

Songs of Freedom: Brunswick Street Baptist Church Choir, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Nova Scotia Mass Choir, Halifax

Online, VisionTV will support the broadcast with a media rich easy-to-navigate website and mobile interactive songbook application for iPad and iPhone. Both the website www.SongsOfFreedom.ca and the Songs of Freedom App are centered around Measha’s full-length performances of 10 Freedom Songs as seen in the feature film and series. Articles, photos, and archival documents will give further context to the songs and a sing-along feature that generates synchronized lyrics of Measha’s performance will invite the online audience to share in their power.

Exclusively for online viewing, four music performances have been recorded live on location in Cameroon, Nova Scotia and Ontario, using a 360° spherical camera. This user-controlled technology allows the audience to watch Measha’s performance from every point of view as if they were actually there standing beside her. The app will be available on iTunes (Search: Songs of Freedom).

Songs of Freedom: Mbombog Bengang, Measha Brueggergosman in Cameroon

Measha in Cameroon with Bassa tribe elder

Songs of Freedom: Baptist Choir, Great Soppo, Buea, Cameroon

Ebenezer Choir, Cameroon

VisionTV Presents Songs of Freedom
with Measha Brueggergosman

Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10pm ET/7pm PT
and Fridays – February 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10pm ET/7pm PT
A Rhombus Media Production
Music Produced & Arranged by Aaron Davis
Produced and Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete
Executive Producers Niv Fichman & Moses Znaimer
Supervising Producer, ZoomerMedia Joan Jenkinson
Digital Platform Design by DEEP Inc.

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