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Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music & Interfaith Harmony in Uganda

Various Artists
Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music & Interfaith Harmony in Uganda

The songs in this collection are written and performed by the coffee farmers of the Peace Kawomera (Delicious Peace) Fair Trade cooperative in Mbale, Uganda. Jewish, Christian, and Muslim farmers work together to overcome generations of conflict and poverty. Village guitar groups and women’s choirs sing to stress the transformative impact of Fair Trade prices and to encourage their neighbors to join the coffee cooperative. Accompanied with xylophone, drums, and other traditional instruments, these farmers sing of the benefits of interfaith cooperation and, through music, teach new cooperative members how to produce great coffee. J. J. Keki, the founder of the cooperative, says: “Use whatever you have to create peace! If you have music, use your music to create peace. For us, we have coffee. We are using coffee to bring peace to the world.”

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LYRICS
Lyric transcriptions available here.

Track Listing

101
The benefits of coffee Akuseka Takuwa Kongo Group 4:23
102
The people of Uganda Balitwegomba Choir 4:07
103
Get up and grow coffee! J. J. Keki and the Peace Kawomera Jazz Band 3:34
104
Hit the jerrycan! Integrated Rural Development Support Programs Choir 5:26
105
In Uganda, everyone grows coffee Mbiko Aisa Farmers Group 4:18
106
Let us continue farming Kasimu Namanyala and Paul Mugoya 5:26
107
Construct a processing factory Gumutindo Quality Choir 1:49
108
My beautiful wife, come back and we’ll grow coffee Peace Kawomera Jazz Band 5:13
109
Poverty is an obstacle to a good marriage Masada 2:22
110
Let all religions come together Akuseka Takuwa Kongo Group 5:12
111
Salaam alaikum Balitwegomba Choir 3:26
112
In Nangolo, we are all fired up J. J. Keki and the Peace Kawomera Jazz Band 3:55
113
If you are stuck in tradition, change will not wait for you Gumutindo Women’s Group 2:00
114
The Bagisu people have brought vanilla and coffee Matale Mirembe Vanilla Group 2:27
115
Educate our children Balitwegomba Choir 4:10
116
We have improved our economic status Mbiko Aisa Farmers Group 4:29

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