(in 79 Languages)

First, enjoy the video:

A video tour of the Album which drops on July 19th!!

After that, let the excerpts play...

While you read the story below...

The Inspiration

I had been thinking about the fragmentation of civilization and the growing fear dividing us.

I thought about how - deep inside - we know that we are all made of the same material. We are all descendants from a common origin.

We forget.
But if reminded, it’s familiar knowledge.

Worldwide Outreach

I focused on the phrase “we are the descendants."    Over about a year of outreach, I contacted native speakers in 78 non-English languages, and asked them to translate this into natural phrases within each language.

I composed a melody for each one that would allow them to interweave with all of the other international phrases in song #1, “We are the Descendants (in 79 Languages)”,    along with the English language rap.

Arranging Recordings Around the World

Another year was spent seeking brilliant, talented Vocalists from all over the world to record these phrases. Recording sessions were arranged ...
From Madagascar to Albania, from Kenya to Netherlands, from Germany to South Africa.

Steve Chesne

Experimentation with the Phrases

I felt like a mad scientist in a laboratory, experimenting with the phrases, seeing what other pieces of music could be born from this precious material.

14 songs were created for the collection, most using these phrases. Also included are a few solo songs which ask the question, “who are the descendants?”    The rest of the album answers powerfully with all of the international phrases singing, “we are the descendants.”

Rapper Fredo Bang Performed the English Lyrics

Besides these phrases, the only other lyrics on the record are an English-language rap in the first song.

Platinum recording artist, American rapper, Fredo Bang performed the English verses. His powerful, commanding style brought a beautiful energy to the song.

Calling in the "Big Guns"

I had been used to mixing and producing my own work for years. But finding myself surrounded with 79 international tracks, all recorded quite differently, a complete pallet of electronic textures, and complex symphonic orchestral tracks, I started to feel like I had bitten off more than I could chew. How does one balance all these elements so that they can coexist and not overwhelm the listener?

I sought help from the amazing sonic wizard, 25-time Grammy nominated Richard Furch (Prince, Usher). He beautifully refined my tracks to better achieve the kind of clarity and balance I was reaching for.

After doing more recomposing and arranging, I had gotten myself in deep all over again! I asked the extraordinary, gifted producer, Snipe Young (Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé) to help me solve sonic issues towards the end of the production.

“While there are countless things that various peoples and cultures disagree about, even to the point of violence, one thing that we all accept in common is the fact that we all descend from a common source, whatever that may be.”

Steven Chesne

About the Songs

  • 01) “We are the Descendants (in 79 Languages) (feat. Fredo Bang)”


    The opening song includes all 79 languages, with each vocalist singing “We are the descendants” in their native tongue, as they weave their phrases around the English lan- guage verses, delivered by American rapper Fredo Bang.

  • 02) “Pyramid Of Descendants”


    In section one, a glitch vocal rhythm (in Italian) is a backdrop to phrases in Balinese, Japanese, Dine (Navajo), and Hungarian. The middle section is a hypnotic repeating loop, gradually adding one language at a time, in Azerbaijani, Cebuano, Thai, Xhosa, Macedonian, and Ukrainian.

  • 03) “Swahili: Who are the Descendants?”


    Kenyan vocalist, Kaymo, sings in Swahili, “Who are the Descendants?” with an orchestral accompaniment.

  • 04) “Liberators Of Descendants”


    An electronic groove-based song featuring Ilongo, Dine (Navajo), Hindi, and Korean in the A-section, and the triumphant B-section features Khmer, Gujarati, and Bosnian.

  • 05) “Seeds of the Descendants”

    Textural/New Age

    Like mythic sirens in 3 languages (Swedish, Japanese, and Irish Gaelic), Christine Hals, Rayko, and Aeone embellish the phrase, “We are the descendants.”

  • 06) “Train Of Descendants”


    An electronic dance featuring vocalists in Malay, Tagalog, Danish, and Hebrew in section one, and then Arabic, French, Russian, Korean, and Swahili in section two. In section three, the first two vocal groups are combined, as all the vocal tracks are layered upon each other, intertwined.

  • 07) “Mongolian: Who are the Descendants? (Electronic Version)”


    Against an electronica backdrop, Uyanga Bold sings in Mongolian, “Who are the Descendants?”

  • 08) “Descendants: Moderato Con Moto”

    Neo Classic/Rhythmic

    70 of the languages make an appearance over this exciting, pulsating, rhythmically driving orchestral movement.

  • 09) “Descendants' Voices In The Clouds”


    A New-Age style Orchestral Adagio, as if floating on a cloud, features vocalists in Nepali (which repeats throughout), followed by Hawaiian, Greek, Slovenian, French, Portuguese, Telugu, Irish, German, Urdu, Norwegian, Gujarati, and Armenian.

    Then, a Norwegian ad lib overlaps with Persian, Russian, Mandarin, Georgian, Bosnian, and Macedonian, followed by Marathi, Cantonese, Swedish, Thai, Cebuano, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Tibetan, Kashmiri, and finally, Ukrainian, Czech, Vietnamese, Mongolian.

  • 10) “Xhosa: Who Are The Ancestors Living In Powerful Spirits?”


    Lester Mackenzie sings in Xhosa (a South African language which includes glottal clicks), “Who are the ancestors now living in powerful spirits?” He’s accompanied by electronic percussion, and later, an angular guitar solo.

  • 11) “Mongolian: Who are the descendants? (Orchestral version)”


    Uyanga Bold sings another version of the Mongolian song, styled as an orchestral aria.

  • 12) “The Descendants’ Shuffle”

    Quirky/Uptempo Dance
    A playful, brisk shuffle

    • Verse 1: Odia, Hindi, Cantonese, Polish, Bhutanese

    • Verse 2: Igbo, Nepali, Navajo, Bosnian, Finnish, Haitian Creole. (The repeat later adds Albanian.)

    • Breakdown Section: Telugu, Kikuyu, Marathi, Haitian Creole, Estonian, Spanish, Azerbaijani, Indonesian, Macedonian, Korean, and Ukrainian. All 78 international tracks sound simultaneously on the huge chorus.

  • 13) “Descendants, Take a Bow”


    A post-Sondheim, live-musical-styled number featuring 62 languages.

  • 14) “Descendants’ Finale”


    A huge, cinematic texture with 78 international voices overlaid as a massive group, then overtaken by a symphony orchestra for a monumental finish!

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The Vocalists

Albanian Hava Bekteshi
Amharic Yohannes Berhanu (Johnny B)
Arabic Nader DeAik
Armenian Mariam Matossian
Azerbaijani Haleh Saberi
Balinese Putu Desy Apriliani
Bengali Sudakshina Alagia
Bhutanese Dorji Jamtsho
Bosnian Saša amić
Bulgarian Steven Chesne
Cantonese Vincent Lyn
Catalan Diane Chesne
Cebuano Mika Mamon
Croatian Saša amić
Czech Yana Fabianova
Danish Anita Lerche
Dutch Kerani
Estonian Dmitri Maruta
Finnish Jussi Penttinen
French Fabrizio Levita
Georgian Mariam Gviniashvili
German Fabrizio Levita
Greek George Miadis
Gujarati Sudakshina Alagia
Haitian Creole Natalie Jean
Hawaiian Kellen Paik
Hebrew Hila Plitmann
Hindi Sudakshina Alagia
Hungarian Kerani
Icelandic Steven Chesne
Igbo Kevin David Kaydee
Ilonggo Mika Mamon
Indonesian Putu Desy Apriliani
Irish Aeone
Italian Fabrizio Levita
Japanese Rayko of Lolita Dark Music
Kashmiri Pragnya Wakhlu
Kazakh Steven Chesne
Khmer Chhom Nimol
Kikuyu Kaymo
Korean Azra
Latvian Steven Chesne
Lithuanian Marija Astromskaite
Macedonian Mihailo Trandafilovski
Malagasy Randriambololona Hery
Malay Lyia Meta
Mandarin Shuo Zhai
Marathi Nikhil Koparkar
Maragoli Steven Chesne
Mongolian Uyanga Bold
Navajo-Diné Connor Chee
Nepali Sagun Tamrakar
Norwegian Christine Hals
Odia Sudakshina Alagia
Persian Roya Bahrami
Polish Nata & Evgeny
Portuguese Sergio Pereira
Punjabi Steven Chesne
Romanian Sergiu-Dan Muresan
Russian Dmitri Maruta
Scots Gaelic Steven Chesne
Serbian Saša amić
Sinhala Steven Chesne
Slovenian Saša amić
Spanish Rosi Amador
Swahili Kaymo
Swedish Christine Hals
Tagalog/Filipino Gelo Francisco
Tatar Steven Chesne
Telugu (India Chorlian K. Samson
Thai Sirinun Ploadpliew Blaignan
Tibetan Ugyen Lama
Turkish Başak Yavuz
Ukrainian Kristina Lebid
Urdu Zoha Khan
Vietnamese Bùi Thái Hòa
Xhos Lester V. Mackenzie
Yoruba Kevin David Kaytee

Video Lip-synchers

Arabic Jaafar Laraichi
Croation Charlie Doris
Dutch Dominique Berendsen
French Walter Rogelio
German David Ziersch
Hebrew Karina Bosenko
Italian Santino Binetti
Khmer Melanie Thong
Korean Chloe Soin Choi
Macedonian Steven Chesne
Malagasy Tristan Nguyen
Mandarin William Liu
Sinhala Kapeesh Mourya
Swedish Annabelle Grandy
Tatar Summer Chesne

Credits:    All Music © 2024 by Steven Chesne (ASCAP), published by Chezworks Music except: “Xhosa: Who are the Ancestors Living in Powerful Spirits” © 2024 by Lester Mackenzie and Steven Chesne.
Album Production and instrumental performances by Steven Chesne, Graphics by Steven Chesne, Album co-production by Diane Chesne.
Final mixes by Richard Furch, except “We are the Descendants” mixed by Richard Furch, Steven Chesne, and Snipe Young. Fredo Bang engineering by Snipe Young. Mastering by Joe Bozzi at Bernie Grundman. Fredo Bang appears courtesy of Def Jam Records.

Music video produced by Steven and Diane Chesne