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Musical CD of Continental Scholasticate in Nairobi

On Sunday March 30th, 2008 a group of brothers from the continental scholasticate in Nairobi, Kenya (MIC), launched their second musical CD entitled: “Bless the Lord”. A year ago, they have launched the first CD (“Happy are the people” – you can listen to some of those songs >>).
This time, the CD contains 13 Psalms and 1 Canticle (from the book of Daniel 3, which gives the name to the CD, where all nature and creatures are invited to Bless the Lord!). At the same time, two of the Psalms are composed and sung in French, while the rest are all in English.
The Marist community at MIC is among the larger ones in the Institute, with 79 young brothers and 13 brothers in the formation tam. If our young brothers coming from so many countries of the continent come together, they have an excellent opportunity to exchange their talents, particularly in terms of their music abilities. Therefore, as they spend some time in their post-novitiate stage of formation, they have the possibilities of developing the talents they have.
“The Marists” as it is named this group, welcomes also lay people and religious sisters who are students at our college. It is also for them a good opportunity to unveil their good abilities, as they give a good voice balance to the CD. We invite to all who are interested, to listen to the songs we offer as a sample of the CD.
In case that you are interested to order CD’s (Nº 1 and/or Nº 2), make your requests to teogda@hotmail.com. Wishing you a good listening to this “gospel music”.


New Music from Kairoi

Saint Paul’s Multimedia Publications, better known as Daughters of St. Paul, has issued a CD containing eight songs by Kairoi, a Marist ensemble. The songs are in a new disk entitled “Interior Silence,” which includes well known, previously released selections. New songs are also found in the album. The songs have been chosen according to the creative preferences of one member of the Kairoi group.
The new release has two goals. First, in regard to the content, the album brings together a selection “of the essential, of the sufficient” which the composer elaborated while he was working with Karoi. Secondly as to the style, the composer has sought a musical palate which marks a new maturity in his. “The rhythms are rather long but pleasing. The voice is a little richer, giving the lyrics more ‘space’ and the music better cohesion, hoping to win over the sentiments of the listeners.”
Some people have used the music of Kairoi for moments of personal or community prayer. Such people may find in the new CD, “Interior Silence,” a testimony to the personal experience which over many years has permeated the author’s spirituality and mission and his interpretation of the music. “I wish to sing the songs” he writes, “in order to hear them again myself. In that way they may speak to me once again: this time, more slowly, with more attention to interiority and inner sentiments. My hope is that the music would invite its hearers into a kind of serenity where they might savor each phrase and each feeling. Only in silence - it seems to me - only in deeply felt simplicity can one listen a second time, can you begin to hear the music as if for the first time.”
The author has dedicated his artistic, new CD to several dear friends as well as to “those who are searching: to all who have made the music of Karoi a lifeline of their personal Christian convictions; to the men and women who may discover and re-discover these songs by giving time to let the music do its work.”
The CD contains the following selections: 1. The Glance; 2. And You Keep on Living; 3. If One Has Surrendered Fully to Christ; 4. Come, Holy Spirit; 5. Listen, Mary; 6. We will Say Yes; 7. The Fruit Has Ripened; 8. Father, I Have Come Back to You. (There is also background music without vocals.). Those desiring more information may contact http://www.musica.sanpablo.es

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