Contact: Regina Roberts-Swope


(Nashville, TN) After building what may be the most compact HD multi-camera flight pack in existence, Sunrise Entertainment, the cutting-edge High Definition production company out of Nashville, TN, traveled to Ghana, Africa to film and record one of the most influential projects of the decade.  The Sunrise production team traveled with The Fisk University Jubilee Singers on a tour celebrating the 50th year of Independence of that Nation.  Sacred Journey, the result of the trip, is a testament to the versatility of the Sony system that Sunrise built.

“We had to get a 5 camera rig, with jib, and full 5.1 Surround audio recording gear to and from a third world nation in West Africa with a minimum of fuss,” says Robert Swope, Executive Producer and Director of the project.  “The new Sony AnyCast switcher, cutting live feeds from two Sony Z1U’s, one Sony V1U, and two of the new Sony HC5’s was perfect, and only weighed 180lbs (including the jib) making it the perfect choice of filming gear to record the first ever multi-cam HD shoot in Ghana.”   The Sunrise team recorded 24 track audio through an ADAT system which was shipped from the US.  All mics, recording and outboard gear had to travel with us as there were no vendors of any kind in Cape Coast, Ghana to supply gear.

According to Swope, “We filmed at the 600 year old Elmina Castle, known for being the staging point for the West African slave trade for over 400 years.”  “It was a blessing to witness the singers voices bringing God’s love into a place so wrought with human degradation….   I know that facility was changed by the end of the shoot,” said Swope through tear filled eyes.


“Sacred Journey” is a CD/DVD combo package on the Sunrise Music Group label scheduled to be released on October 2, 2007.   It is a remarkable recording, done in the worst possible outdoor conditions, that showcases the Fisk Jubilee Singers in a way that has never been done.  The ensemble, for the first time in its’ illustrious 136 year history, carried the Negro Spiritual back to its’ African home with honor and praise.

Sunrise Entertainment is based in Nashville, Tennessee and provides a wide range of production, broadcast, promotion and distribution services around the world.  Sunrise Music Group, the record label side of Sunrise, markets, promotes and distributes product worldwide.
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