The Resistance Revival Chorus have released a video for their powerful recording of “Ella’s Song” in honor of Juneteenth and celebrating Ella Baker. The video includes footage and photographs of the recent protests that have taken place over George Floyd’s death. The video is a photo-based treatment using photos from photographers in the chorus including Brooke Williams, Kisha Bari, Dina Rudeen, and Ginny Suss. “Ella’s Song” will be made available for streaming and download on all DSPs on July 2nd via Righteous Babe Records. The RRC will donate 100% of the proceeds for the year to the Movement For Black Lives.
The lineage of this song follows the great tradition of civil rights music to honor heritage, embrace new voices, and respond to truth as a collective. This version is a descendant of the words of Ella Baker, which inspired the composition by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, performed by internationally lauded a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. Produced by Tiffany Gouché, under the direction of Resistance Revival Chorus Musical Director Abena Koomson-Davis, this arrangement originates from the recording created by Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely in celebration of the historic 2017 Women’s March, with added vocal harmonies, arranged and taught by Sound (Julie) Brown.