Artist profiles: Ysaye Barnwell

Ysaye Barnwell

Ysaye Barnwell joined Sweet Honey In The Rock in 1979 and along with Bernice Johnson Reagon became one of the group’s main spokeswomen. Barnwell holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Speech Pathology, is a Doctor of Philosophy and Public Health and has been a professor at Howard University. She has worked on various projects as a composer and musical consultant including contributions to Sesame Street, the Dance Company of Pittsburgh and the Women’s Philharmonic of San Francisco.

Her workshop Singing In The African-American Tradition has been conducted all around the world and she is also an actress and an author.


Good News (Flying Fish, 1981)
We All…Everyone Of Us (Flying Fish, 1983)
The Other Side (Flying Fish, 1985)
Breaths (Flying Fish, 1988)
Feel Something Drawing Me On (Flying Fish, 1985)
Live At Carnegie Hall (Flying Fish, 1988)
All For Freedom (Music For Little People, 1989)
In This Land (Earthbeat! 1992)
Still On The Journey (Earthbeat! 1993)
I Got Shoes (Music For Little People, 1994)
Sacred Ground (Earthbeat! 1996)
Selections (Flying Fish/Rounder 1997)
Twenty Five enhanced CD (Rykodisc, 1998)
Freedom Song soundtrack (Sony Classical, 2000)
Still the Same Me (Rounder Kids, 2000)
Alive in Australia (2003)
The Women Gather (Earthbeat, 2003)
Endings and Beginnings (2004)
Raise Your Voice (Earthbeat, 2005)
Are We A Nation? (2010)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.


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