a newsletter of the
St. Louis African Chorus

Vol. 10 No. 2
Summer 2003

the VOICE OF
AFRICAN MUSIC

a newsletter of the St. Louis African Chorus

Songs of the
Sage

LIKE A SPIRIT

Music like a spirit permeates
And penetrates our psyche.
You canít possess it;
It possesses you.

A musical work is a medium,
A token of our allegiance;
A symbol of our worship,
A sacrifice of our praise.

Music is not slave to traditions,
It enslaves the traditions;
Does not popularize the cultures,
It cultivates the peoples.

Music is a Spirit
Cloaked in many spirits,
Each with tailored design

Music like a spirit permeates
The universe, finds its course,
And entrances whom it desires...

What most demands our duty -
To make music at home, or
To make it for the public?

The answer floats in the wind:

Our homes crave our music;
Itís got its reasons.

Our communes yearn for our music;
Its got its reason, too.

Music is a Spirit...

- Eta Ivie
(partly adapted from Toko Kua-Nzambi's "Papyrus d'Artiste"

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FRANCO-PHONE AFRICA:

The Choral Connection
Read feature on:
CHĆUR LA GRACE of Kinshasa
Julien Jouga Chorale of Senegal
Marcel Padey of Benin Republic


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In This Issue
Toko
Kua-Nzambi
The Silent Choral Storm
in the Congo

Babatunde Olatunji dies at 76
Read more...

C. K. Adom: Tribute to a Friend
Read more...

Julien Jouga Chorale
Senegalese Choral Group Fills a Niche in Islamic Africa

African Choral Music Camps & Workshops

Calendar of SLAC Events

Live! at the Sheldon
First CD of the St. Louis
African Chorus

A E Na O
New CD of the St. Louis
African Chorus

MATESO!
New CD by the Muungano National Choir of Nairobi

MISSA LUBA: 
A Review 

the Voice of African Music
Editor: Fred Onovwerosuoke
Marketing: Asmeret Bezabeh
Contributors: Segun Leramo,Toko Kua-Nzambi, Olatunjiís photograph courtesy of Drums not Guns, http://www.drums.org/baba/
Design:
African Greetings, Inc., a fund raising unit of the STL African Chorus.

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