Rise

by Maame Afon

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about

Album Message
This album celebrates life, love, hope, perseverance, and above all, an enduring trust in God. And it is a story of collaboration!

This is about taking a leap of faith, showing up with all of who we are, doing what we love and have been gifted and called to do..
There is always the potential to rise to higher ground. With each new day comes an opportunity to soar! Higher! No matter the mountains you see, your miracle is only a step away.

Let’s Rise!


Thank You
We thank God for this privilege to use and share our gift of music!
We also thank our family for your steadfast support.

Our sincere thanks to the following people for helping out in very special ways:

Danny Nettey (for your musical mentorship), Isaac Aryee (“well noted”), Nii and Abigail Armar, Auntie Mina Yelbert-Brako, Rucha Chitnis, Emmanuel Ofori-Boakye, Priscilla Ankrah, Nana Adja Sai, Nancy Djembe, Elvis Akpokli, Pastor Steve Madsen, Scott Haus and the Cornerstone Fellowship community, Calvary Alameda community, Linda Green, Shea Gregory, Alex Allotey, Kofi Odoom, Arakua Martey, Will Derryberry, Staci Frenes, Mark Kenoly, and our IndieGoGo supporters.

We dedicate this album to our four special jewels: Akweley, Akuokor and Tawiah Jace Obodai Sai.and Jacey Akpokli. We also dedicate this specially to the memory of our two dearly departed sisters: Dinah Maame Effie Yelbert-Obeng and Belinda Naa Torshie Sai. Rest in perfect peace.You are very much a part of this.

- Maame Afon and Nii Sai Sai

credits

released May 20, 2012

Rise
Written by Nii Sai Sai
Lead vocals - Maame Afon
Backup vocals - Paul Lee, Sarah-Jane Lewis
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Westley Joseph

He is worthy
Written by Nii Sai Sai
Lead vocals - Maame Afon
Backup vocals - Toye Olayinka, Paul Lee, Marsha Brooks,Tyrena Agyemang
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Westsley Joseph
Guitar - Michael Brown
Brass and Woodwind - Tim Boniface

Standing Up
Written by Nii Sai Sai
Lead vocals - Maame Afon
Backup vocals - Paul Lee, Marsha Brooks
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Phillip Groyssboeck
Guitar - Michael Brown
Brass and Woodwind - Tim Boniface

Mala Lala
Written by Nii Sai Sai
Lead vocals - Maame Afon featuring Tim Boniface
Backup vocals - Paul Lee, Teni Abiosede
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Westsley Joseph
Guitar - Michael Brown
Brass and Woodwind - Tim Boniface

Nyankopon (Ye koto sore wo)
Based on song by Kwesi Dickson; Music, Arrangement and English verse by Isaac Aryee, Nii Sai Sai, Maame Afon
Lead vocals - Maame Afon
Backup vocals - Paul Lee, Teni Abiosede
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Phillip Groyssboeck
Guitar - Michael Brown
Strings - Claire Egan

I'm in love
Based on song by Itani Madima; Music, arrangement and new lyrics by Nii Sai Sai, Maame Afon, Isaac Aryee
Lead Vocals - Maame Afon
Backup vocals - Paul Lee, Marsha Brooks, Tyrena Agyemang
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Phillip Groyssboeck
Guitar - Michael Brown
Strings - Claire Egan

Praise God
Written by Nii Sai Sai
Lead vocals - Maame Afon
Backup vocals - Paul Lee, Sarah-Jane Lewis
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Westsley Joseph
Guitar - Michael Brown
Brass and Woodwind - Tim Boniface
Trumpet - Ray Butcher

Il a change ma vie
Written by Nii Sai Sai and Maame Afon
Lead vocals - Maame Afon
Backup vocals - Paul Lee, Sarah-Jane Lewis
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Westsley Joseph
Guitar - Shirley Tetteh

Higher Place
Written by Nii Sai Sai
Lead vocals - Maame Afon
Backup vocals - Paul Lee, Marsha Brooks, Tyrena Agyemang, Isaac Aryee
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Phillip Groyssboeck
Guitar - Michael Brown

Love your somebody
Written by Nii Sai Sai
Lead vocals - Paul Lee and Maame Afon
Backup vocals - Paul Lee,Marsha Brooks, Teni Abiosede
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Phillip Groyssboeck
Guitar - Michael Brown

I will follow You
Written by Nii Sai Sai and Maame Afon
Lead vocals - Maame Afon
Backup vocals - Paul Lee, Marsha Brooks, Teni Abiosede
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Phillip Groyssboeck
Guitar - Michael Brown

Strength for Today
Written by Nii Sai Sai
Lead vocals - Maame Afon
Backup vocals - Paul Lee, Marsha Brooks, Teni Abiosede, Tyrena Agyemang
Bass - John Thompson
Keyboard - Isaac Aryee
Drums - Phillip Groyssboeck
Guitar - Michael Brown
Brass and Woodwind - Tim Boniface


Production Team Credits
Executive Producer - Nii Sai Sai (Akwantu Media LLC - www.akwantumedia.com)
Producer - Isaac Aryee
Recorded at One Louder Studios, London UK
Engineered by Alan Emptage
Mixed by Alan Emptage
Mastered by Alan Emptage
Photography by Rucha Chitnis
Design by Nikila Badua

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Maame Afon California

My journey began as a teenager in Ghana singing solos at church, and entertaining friends and family. Today, as a mom and professional, music remains integral to everything I do.

I lead worship at my home church, and weave music into the program at dinners, galas, workshops and conferences.

The power of music helps us RISE above any situation!
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