a newsletter of the
St. Louis African Chorus

Vol. 10 No. 4
Fall 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." To reproduce or use contributions to this column, simply send an email to the Voice of African Music at voam@africanchorus.org, or a postcard to 634 N. Grand Blvd., Suite 1143, St. Louis, Missouri 63103 USA.

 

Adieu
Beverly!

Royal Farewell for
A
frican Chorus Board Chair
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In This Issue

FINANCIAL
SUPPORTERS OF THE AFRICAN
CHORUS

A list of 2002/2003 contributors in cash and in-kind to the St. Louis African Chorus
(hardcopy only)

FELA
SOWANDE CENTENARY

Consortium plans global bash for Africaís preeminent composer

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: Wendy Hymes, J. Muyale Inzai,Toko Kua-Nzambi,
Design:
African Greetings, Inc., a fund raising unit of the STL African Chorus.

For subscription send a postcard to:
the Voice of African Music
634 N. Grand Blvd.,Suite 1143,
St. Louis, MO 63103 USA.
Tel/Fax::(314)652-6800
Email: voam@africanchorus.org

 

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