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Coloring Club Plus — 12/26/19

Dec 26

The kinara is a seven-branched candleholder used in Kwanzaa celebrations in the United States. It is based on the Menorah used by Jews celebrating Hanukkah.

Per wikipedia:
Kwanzaa (/ˈkwɑːn.zə/) is a week-long annual celebration held in the United States and other nations of the African diaspora in the Americas to honor African heritage in African-American culture. It is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in gift-giving and a feast.

Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966.

Theodore DeReese “Teddy” Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010) was an American singer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he initially rose to musical fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. After leaving the group over monetary disputes in 1976, Pendergrass launched a successful solo career under the Philadelphia International label, releasing five consecutive platinum albums, then a record for an African-American R&B artist. Pendergrass’s career was suspended after a March 1982 car crash that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Pendergrass continued his successful solo career until announcing his retirement in 2007. Pendergrass died from respiratory failure in January 2010.

This Christmas I’d Rather Have Love” by Teddy Pendergrass was released by Surefire Records on September 15, 1998.

Reviewer Petteri Ruotsalainen wrote on February 4, 2019:
…Teddy’s latest outing, which is also his first Christmas album. About one half of the compositions are traditional tunes, the other half made up of new songs and one uninspiring Lennon & Ono tune. The standout cut of the set, Happy Kwanzaa, … [a] joyous Reggie Calloway written & produced midtempo soul groover. Of the other more modern productions on the set I would have to pick another Calloway tune, the basic yet enjoyable funk jam Having a Christmas Party, as my second favourite.

Dusty Groove dot com says:
Later work from Teddy Pendergrass, but a surprisingly nice Christmas album – one that makes strong use of Teddy’s great vocals to help transform some classics, and deliver a few great new tunes as well! The production and instrumentation is relatively laid back – mostly just beats and keyboards, with almost a stripped-down Neo Soul feel – and Teddy’s strongly in the lead with those raspy, soulful stylings he first perfected back in the 70s – working through classics like “Joy To The World”, “Little Drummer Boy”, “We Three Kings”, and “Oh Holy Night” – and sounding even better on Christmas soul tunes like “Christmas & You”, “This Christmas (I’d Rather Have Love)”, “Happy Kwanzaa”, and “Having A Christmas Party”.

 

 

 

It took some time to find the lyrics but finally did, here.

LYRICS – HAPPY KWANZAA

Introduction: Habari gani! Habari gani!*
Kwanzaa!

Verse #1: Lead
Ah, yeah!
Happy Kwanzaa.
Happy Kwanzaa.

Feel the joy as we sing
of the love that togetherness can
surely bring.

Umoja! [soft voice]

Set the table mat of straw
Thankful for the first fruits of the year.
Stay and Iight a candle, Joe.
Come join the party. It’s a celebration.
Karamu that Kwanzaa time of year.
Red or yellow, black, or white,
We all know that it’s alright.
It’s a celebration
that will last throughout the year.

Chorus:
Group- Happy Kwanzaa!
Lead – Happy Kwanzaa.
Group – Together there is much we can do.
Lead –Alright.
Group- Happy Kwanzaa!
Lead – Together there is much we can do.
Group- Happy Kwanzaa!
Lead-Alright
Group-Happy Kwanzaa
Lead – It’s a celebration

Verse #2: Lead
Remembering the times of old
Traditions in the food that fills our soul.
Yes it does.
So the children are the future of
All our hopes and dreams. Let’s teach them well.
Let’s teach them well.

Come join the party. [group heard making joyous chatter in the background]
It’s a celebration.
Karamu
Group – Karamu
at Kwanzaa time of the year.
Red or yellow, black, or white,
Yeah, you know that it’s alright.
It’s a celebration
that will last throughout the year.

Chorus:
Group- Happy Kwanzaa!
Lead – Happy Kwanzaa.
Group – Together there is much we can do.
Lead – Alright!
Group- Happy Kwanzaa!
Lead- Happy Kwanzaa!
Everybody!
Group- Happy Kwanzaa!
Lead- Happy Kwanzaa!
Group – Together there is much we can do.
Lead – Together there is so much we can do.
Group- Happy Kwanzaa!
Lead – Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Kwanzaa.

Group- Kuumba.
Lead – So many ways to show our love.
Group- Imani
Lead- We gotta have faith in all that we do.
Group- Umoja.
Lead- But we gotta stay together.
Just a few of the principles that help us
Group- Happy Kwanzaa.
carry on.
Group- Together there is much that we can do.
Chorus:
Group- Happy Kwanzaa!
Lead – Happy Kwanzaa.
Group – Together there is much we can do.
Lead – Yeah
Group- Happy Kwanzaa!
Together there is much we can do.
Lead- There’s so much, so much we can do.
Yeah!
Group- Happy Kwanzaa!
Lead- Cause it’s ah
celebration.

Rap portion:
Hey before we ate … that’s when we give praise
to the Man upstairs for another blessed day.
I give hugs to my mom, my dad, and my sis .
You see after that I want to see what mom’s cooked.
While we drink from the cup of togetherness
It’s that part of the year that you don’t wanna miss.
I give a gift from the heart so you know it’s true.
So you recite a principle and tell me what it means to you.

Group -Kuumba
Individual voice – Creativity
Group – Imani
Individual voice – Faith
Group- Umoja
Individual voice – Unity
Group- Kuchichagulia
Individual voice – Self – determination
Group – Nia
Individual voice – Purpose
Group – Ujamaa
Individual voice – To have it all
Group- Ujima
Multiple voices – Work together!
Lead- But we gotta work together!

horus:
Group- Happy Kwanzaa!
Lead – Happy Kwanzaa.
Group –There is much we can do.
Individual voice – Yeah. That’s right. [Individual continues to make affirming remarks in the background throughout the remainder of the song.]
Lead –Everybody.
Group – Happy Kwanzaa.
Lead – Happy Kwanzaa.
Group- Together there is much we can do.
Lead: Together, together.
Group- Together there is much we can do.
Lead: so much we can do.
Group – Happy Kwanzaa
Together there is much we can do.
Lead – Take it up, take it up!
Group-Happy Kwanzaa
Together there is much we can do.
Lead- Everybody!
Group- Happy Kwanzaa
Together there is much we can do.
Lead- Yeah. Yeah.
Happy, happy, happy Kwanzaa
Group- Happy Kwanzaa
Lead – Oh yeah!
Group- Together there is much we can do.
[continue improvising in this manner until the end of the song]
* “Habari Gani” is a KiSwahili greeting.
Transcription by Azizi Powell from the sound file.

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