07/29/2019: "African Music Duo at FHPC"
Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church invites you to attend a visiting gospel concert, IJenNeh, to be held Sunday, August, 4th, at 4pm in the sanctuary, featuring Lasana Kanneh as lead. All are welcome, bring your family and friends. He will also worship at the normal 10:00 a.m. service.
IJenNeh (which means “Heaven” and is pronounced “eye-gin-nay”) began as “Echoes of the Blind.”
From his Bio:
Echoes of the Blind, originated in Monrovia, Liberia. This group was composed of blind men and women who sang for food on the war ravaged streets of Liberia. Lasana remembers singing in the midst of rebel fighting with bullets flying over their heads. At different points, he was forced to sing for infamous war lords.
Liberian Acappella was a group of ten Liberian men, who by fate traveled out of Africa and toured 46 states in four years. The goal of this group was raising funds for the orphans left back in Africa. One of the highlights, of this group was singing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee for a crowd of over 20,000 people.
Lasana’s next group was the African Gospel Acappella. Consisting of 6 blind men from the original two groups. This group toured the West Coast for four years and you can still hear Lasana’s distinctive lead vocals on the official website and their cds. A very memorable experience for African Gospel was singing with the late Larry Norman in one of his last concerts and being featured on one of his last cds.
While the former groups were all acappella style, Lasana has added instruments to his new music. This has created a totally unique and original style that cannot be contained in any one genre. Soaring vocals, simple melodies and killer arrangements create this special music.
IJenNeh has achieved much success recently with the music. Winning the gospel sing at the Clackamas County Fair, sponsored by the FISH 104.1, two years in a row with the crowd favorite “Blessed Assurance Reggae”. Lasana was competing against 21 other singers, singing mostly mainstream Christian pop. Lasana has also been featured on NPR, VOA, and many other local & national stations.
Lasana Kanneh suffered much in his native homeland of Liberia. He was born blind and ostracized by his community for this disability. He was eventually abandoned at the school for the blind in Monrovia. God intervened and an evangelist took him home and preached the good news to him. He readily believed the Word of God and could not return to his home due to his conversion. He escaped war, persecution, poverty, abuse and personal failure to bring you these beautiful songs of faith, hope, and restoration.