By Joe Ross, Roots Music Review
This album’s backstory began in 2016 when tenor saxophonist and composer Berta Moreno was invited by an organization called “Bilingual Birdies” to the Kawangware region of Kenya to work with kids at the Little Ray of Hope School. While volunteering in a poor, disadvantaged neighborhood fraught with poverty hunger and lack of water, she also encountered happiness and joy among the people who faced their challenges with music, dancing, hope and optimism. Moreno and this album’s producers then raised over $12K in a Kickstarter campaign to record and release this original fusion of jazz, soul and African music that’s guaranteed to make you smile and dance. Read more here.