"Frederick’s Song (Freedom)" is based on the life and teachings of abolitionist and civil rights pioneer Frederick Douglass and uses all of hi
“Frederick’s Song (Freedom)” is based on the life and teachings of abolitionist and civil rights pioneer Frederick Douglass and uses all of his own words. It is all about tolerance and fighting for the cultural, political, financial and social freedoms for everyone, throughout the world. We feel that every generation in our country needs to be acquainted with our own hard fought struggle for freedom. It’s a history of heroics and hypocrisy, brutality and mercy, and one where much has been lost but much also gained, in the struggle to ensure that the dream in the Declaration of Independence reaches all Americans. For any generation, there is no better teacher, role model, or warrior able to advance the understanding of what it takes to advance this dream than America’s greatest freedom fighter, Frederick Douglass.
Welcome to SayReal: A group of musical revolutionaries and soul-searchers together carried away in a muse. Their songs would right alongside a playlist including Magic’s “Rude,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” and Rihanna’s “Man Down.” This vibration of reggae, rock, spirit and meaning pours forth from their colliding talents, as their offering for the greater sum of humanity. They are on a mission to create soundscape and word that soothes, excites, empowers and inspires humankind to love and live with our entirety.
Each born from music, the four grew up in musical families with the type of intimacy and potency you cannot contrive. The very fabrics of their beings are woven from the songs of the heart, and as a result their collective musical power radiates like wildfire from the stage. Audience members leave the show as if having taken part in some type of religious ceremony; born into a new world of heightened spiritual awareness and a renewed sense of love and connection.
Now living in Los Angeles, Ca and having released their debut album “Unarmed and Ready,” they are currently focused on working on their next project.
SayReal is a group of musical revolutionaries and soul-searchers. Fronted by Naia Kete, the group is completed with her brother Imani Elijah, boyfriend Lee John, and their best friend Lightfoot. When these guys came together last year for an impromptu show at Hotel Cafe, the fusion of talents felt akin to music’s Big Bang, melding with a chemistry that left the audience stunned and feeling they had been doing it back together for years.
Impressed legendary musician/producer, Randy Jackson, sat obscurely near the stage, soaking up the group’s positive vibrations. Following the performance, Jackson approached the group and commended them, anointing the quartet a “super group,” and encouraged the four to continue what they had started.
They are a musical force, a divergence, like a wildfire from the stage, connecting to their audience with a kind of honest intimacy that cannot be contrived. The four musicians embody a strong musical lineage but champion a mission based upon their own experiences. Their songs shimmer, igniting a vibration of Reggae, Rock and meaningful lyric that seem to almost narrate the lives of those listening, leaving audience members feeling alive.
On The song: Freedom
We recently released our music video for “Frederick’s Song (Freedom)”
for “Frederick’s Song (Freedom)” based on the life and teachings of abolitionist and civil rights pioneer Frederick Douglass and couldn’t have been more excited. It is all about tolerance and fighting for the cultural, political, financial and social freedoms for everyone, but ironically, we became the victims of the very persecution we were fighting against. Questioning our heritage, we were called everything from “not black enough” to “whitewashed” – were likened to “Rachel Dolezal” and being “Uncle Tom’s” – despite the fact that 2 of us are half black, and all of us are bi-racial. Even more ironic is the fact that FD himself is thought to have been the son of a white slave owner and a black slave, and in fact, his second marriage later in life was to a white woman.
But the outpouring of love and support for us, our work, and the disdain for these ignorant comments was truly overwhelming. In all truthfulness, the controversy helped us educate and spread our message even further; it is about uniting, not dividing – give each other the freedom to be who we are. We were actually able to change the opinions of some people who were once preaching hateful comments and find common ground. We would love for you to watch, listen and share our song, delve deeper with The Idea’s essay below and let us know what you think. Because as Frederick said, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong”.
Peace, love, unity and respect.
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Compiled By: Adenle Razaq