Landscapes of Africa: Music for Orchestra
AGCD  #2071

Music That Survived Katrina
by William J. Zick, Webmaster, AfriClassical.com

Landscapes of Africa: Music for Orchestra by Fred Onovwerosuoke (52:18), AGCD 2071 (2007), is an exciting new CD of musical compositions largely salvaged from the rubble left by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  The composer, Fred Onovwerosuoke, born in Ghana to Nigerian parents, is Founder and Director of the St. Louis African Chorus. For me, the African tone was set before I opened the disc, by the well-traveled composer's back cover photo of the exotic lavender-tinted Temple des Pythons at Ouidah, Benin Republic. Two of the ten instrumental tracks were commissioned, including Rhapsody on Nketia's Republic Suite (5:04), commissioned by Prof. Emeritus J. H. Kwabena Nketia of Ghana for the Ghana Jubilee Celebrations this year.   The music incorporates colorful African harmonic idioms and lively rhythms in Western classical forms. The second commissioned work is Landscapes of Africa (12:32), a composition for flutes and piccolo commissioned by the Brannen-Cooper Brothers Flute Company for flutist Dr. Wendy Hymes. In many aspects, Landscapes of Africa is a unique production. It is the first ever full CD of orchestra music by an African composer. In rendition, the musicians and sound engineers of the New Horizon Studio Orchestra, under the direction of the composer, have produced a supreme performance and set the tone for other orchestras to replicate or surpass. This CD is a must for classical music buffs, musicologists and every orchestra seeking works by African composers. I also recommend it to every music enthusiast.

Works by Fred Onovwerosuoke
(Click below to listen to MP3 excerpts)

     - Fanfare for Orchestra
     - Yarinya (Maiden)
     - Landscapes of Africa
     - Beethoven Returns to Africa
     - Ogiribo(The Storm)
     - Meditations for Darfur
     - Barka (Blessings/Goodwill)
     - Rhapsody on Nketia's Republic Suite
     - Domenshigbe (At the Market)
     - Dance Tribute

                 

 

 
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