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2/22/2017 5:18:00 PM
Album benefits church relief work

Some singer-songwriters from Oregon Catholic Press, publisher of this newspaper, have teamed up to produce an album of Scripture-based songs that focus on Christ-centered social justice.

“Akwaaba!: Songs of Peace and Solidarity” has been produced jointly by OCP and Catholic Relief Services. The seven composers from OCP and its youth-focused Spirit and Song label went on a goodwill tour of Ghana with CRS, praying and singing with people in their communities and listening to their stories. All the music makers said the experience had been life-changing and inspired new songs about the social justice teaching of the church.

“Akwaaba!” brings together music from Ken Canedo, Robert Feduccia, Sarah Kroger, ValLimar Jansen, Pedro Rubalcava, Ben Walther and Greg Walton, along with contributions from Frank Jansen and Ted Miles.

The collection includes contemporary Christian pieces,  gospel anthems, Hispanic rhythms and African percussion. The songs are meant to be sung in churches and to appeal to multicultural congregations.  A call-and-response style is a tribute to the music that the composers heard in the streets and churches of Ghana.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of the CD and MP3 album will support the work of Catholic Relief Services. For more information, visit go.sentinel.org/2fwQMJh or call 1-800-LITURGY (548-8749).

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