Byron Wallen - Earth Roots
Jazz - Africa

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EARTH ROOTS (BW090)

With the onset of the millennium, new values, standards and attitudes will continue to emerge. We have already reached the point where many of us realise we have become victims of man-made destruction. Indeed, there are many changes we need to implement if we plan to survive. The most crucial of these changes must be our realisation that the Earth is alive. Gases, minerals, water, fire and air all have consciousness. The awareness and experience of this is vital for our survival and will revolutionise our earthly experience.

Indigenous people of the world have always communicated with nature and have developed cultures that are rooted in the land. They carry our ancestral flame of wisdom, from which we have much to learn. However, as we blink, before our eyes human diversity is vanishing. Approximately two hundred thousand indigenous people were killed last year. There is a multiplicity of reasons, stemming from Governmental greed and the need to control. To this day it is hard for some to realise that not everyone's dream consists of material wealth and modern conveniences. Natural people are fighting for their lives; their identity and a future for their children.
The industrial revolution produced the necessity to centralise labour and capital. As people moved into the cities, we lost our ties to the earth and our communities. This has produced a culture of spiritual impoverishment, technological destructiveness, and a world in which our children have gone from merely lacking knowledge to lacking belief in the future. We are constantly getting wake-up calls reminding us that, ultimately, humans are not the ones in charge. What technological solutions have we got to help us deal with the consequences of man-made radioactivity, oil spills and toxic waste, let alone the cries of the earth in the form of volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes? It is time for us to make our peace with Mother Earth and to learn to talk to her again. 'Earth Roots' is a conversation with the heart of our heritage. It is the sound of a millennium where humanity will at last realise that we are all one people, united in diversity.
All compositions written, arranged and produced by Byron Wallen.

Track Listing (30 Second Samples) 

1. MILLENNIUM
2. MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON
3. WINDS OF CHANGE (EARTH ROOTS)
4. DREAM CATCHER
5. EASTERN WIND
6. HERITAGE
7. REFLECTIONS
8. FINERY OF THE FEAST
9. HEALING CEREMONY
10. VOICES OF THE MILLENNIUM