In the Tradition

River Niger orchestra

The River Niger Orchestra performing 'In the Tradition'

These are the words to 'In the Tradition', the piece performed by the River Niger Orchestra at 2003's Slavery Remembrance Day.

In the tradition of sound and sight
In the tradition of truth and right
In the tradition not wrong but right
In the tradition no over sight
In this tradition we ask you to look, listen, learn and remember.

Remember, Remember, we must not forget
Remember, Remember, we shall not forget
Remember, Remember, we cannot forget
Remember, the present is not the past till the ghosts have been laid to rest
Liverpool was cemented with the death cry of toil, tears
Of blood sweat years,
From the body of one and a half million enslaved Africans.
You walk on it
It is the Liverpool of Jamaica Street, Virginia Street, Maryland Street, Alabama Way, Goree Piazza, Bermuda Road.
You talk it and talk to it. It is the song and the sound of
West African and Caribbean descendants who are Liverpool
You see it and use it
It is the warehouse, the bank, the church, the town hall, and the place of learning

On this day we honour and call up some of the names of the African people who were enslaved in Liverpool
The eleven nameless slaves from Angola,
Sold at the Exchange Coffee House in
Water Street
Thomas Aspinall belonging to Thomas Aspinall,
The nameless slave belonging to Robert Williamson a Liverpool broker
We remember you because Africa was our beginning.

On this day we honour and call up some of the names of the African American people who were enslaved in Liverpool.
Peter Salisbury from Baltimore, Maryland
John Jones brought from New York
Ebenezer Amos, Charleston, North Carolina
John Molley, Philadelphia
Charles Williams from Charleston, South Carolina
Charles Ferris from New York
Jack Brown from Savannah, Georgia
We remember you the new African American song

On this day we honour and call up some of the names of the African Caribbean people who were enslaved in Liverpool.
Mary Lewis, St Vincent
James Harris, Barbados
William Payne, from Kingston, Jamaica
George Francis, from Santa Cruz
Mercurius Stephens, from Antigua
John Crow from Montserrat
We remember you in the Caribbean Redemption Song.

In the tradition of sound and sight
In the tradition of truth and right
In the tradition not wrong but right
In the tradition no over sight
In this tradition we call everyone, every year: man, woman and child, to gather together and remember.

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