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Fred Onovwerosuoke

Award-winning composer Fred Onovwerosuoke's diverse background has given rise to a varied compositional style. Born in Ghana to Nigerian parents, Onovwerosuoke grew up in both countries and eventually naturalized in the United States. "FredO", as friends call him, has traveled in more than thirty African countries doing field work and analyzing some of Africa's abundant music traditions. "I see hidden across Africa a gold-mine of unlimited musical scales and modes, melodic and harmonic traditions, and, yes, rhythms - abundant yet largely untapped," says Onovwerosuoke of his dominant influences, and also maintains that "my compositions are informed by my travels around the world, and each piece is harnessed and nurtured by an African sensibility that is unmistakable and genuine."

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Fred Onovwerosuoke : Songs of Africa for Upper Voices : SAA : Sheet Music

Fred Onovwerosuoke : Songs of Africa for Upper Voices

Following the success of Songs of Africa (for mixed voices), Fred Onovwerosuoke presents six authentic arrangements of African songs scored for upper voices and percussion. Published in two small collections - this set for SA and the second for SSA - the songs originate from a variety of locations, including Zimbabwe, Botswana, Nigeria, and the Benin Republic. With texts to celebrate an assortment of themes, such as harvest, Christmas, play/leisure, and marriage, these arrangements are sure to delight all choirs looking for something a bit different. An English translation and a pronunciation guide are provided.

Songlist: Aluwa Sio, Irapada, Kayra Silo, Aleluya!, Hepepe!, Yesu Sore

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Voicing: SAA | 6713b | Sheet Music | $5.85 | A Cappella


Fred Onovwerosuoke (Editor) : Songs of Africa : SATB : 01 Songbook : 9780193804654 : 9780193804654

Fred Onovwerosuoke (Editor) : Songs of Africa

Songs of Africa offers an exciting collection of 22 diverse pieces of African choral music that every singer, choral director, music educator, and enthusiast will find invaluable. Fred Onovwerosuoke and the St. Louis African Chorus have transcribed and created these arrangements, which represent a wide spectrum of Africa's regions and cultural practices. The songs cover subjects such as spirituality, religion, community, work, and play, and are selected from many African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Benin Republic, South Africa, Namibia, and Gambia. They offer not only a welcome addition to choral repertoire but also a refreshing alternative for concert settings and church services. This collection includes useful notes on performance practice and cultural context, percussion charts, translations, and a pronunciation guide.

Songlist: Abanije (The Bully), Agoro Yede ('Tis Good to Play), Aluwa sio (Alleluia), Angigye aba (The High Life), Awa eshelele , Barka (Goodwill), Bolingo yanga na Yesu (All my loove for Jesus), Efuo (Holy), Hepepe (Hurray!), Je! ajua, Yesu anipenda (Jesus, we love you), Kaanamajoo (We Thank You), Kayra Sillo (The Way of Peace), Leo kuna faraha (Lots of Joy), Mayingo (Womanhood), Om' Oba ni (The Prince), Otu b'oma (Unity is Strength), Oyele ma (Dear Mother), Pata, pata (Touching), Safari Ya Bamba (A Voyage to Bamba), Tuli, tuli , Yesu sore (Jesus, wake up), Yogho (Achievement)

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Voicing: SATB | 7044b | Songbook | $19.95 | Primarily a cappella

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