Fred Onovwerosuoke and the St. Louis African Chorus carefully selected the favourite, most requested songs from their workshops, while trying to represent a wide spectrum of Africas regions and cultural practicessongs of spirituality, religion, community, work, and play from Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Benin, South Africa, Namibia, the Gambia, and others. The result is Songs of Africa, a user-friendly resource that will satisfy the hunger for new, diverse choral repertoire. As a performance aid, this exciting collection also includes a pronunciation guide, notes on performance practice and cultural context, and, where accompaniment is needed or suggested, some accessible percussion charts.
Fred Onovwerosuoke was born 1960 in Ghana to Nigerian parents and grew up in both countries. For over two decades Onovwerosuoke has travelled extensively in over thirty African countries researching and documenting Africa's vocal music traditions. In 1994 he founded the St. Louis African Chorus to help nurture African choral music as a mainstream repertoire for performance and education. Today, the organization's mission has broadened to include other art music by composers of African descent. Onovwerosuoke maintains an active schedule as conductor, resident-composer, and lecturer, and his music has been featured in films, documentaries and radio.
Abanije ; Agoro Yede ; Aluwa Sio ; Anigye Aba ; Awa Eschelele ; Barka ; Bolingo ; Efuo ; Hepepe! ; Je! Wajua Yesu Anipenda ; Kaanamajoo ; Kayra Sillo ; Leo Ku Na Furaha ; Mayingo ; Om' Oba Ni ; Otu B'Oma ; Oyele Ma ; Pata Pata ; Safari Ya Bamba ; Tuli Tuli ; Yesu Sore ; Yoghu