a newsletter of the
St. Louis African Chorus

Vol. 6 No. 4
Fall 1999

the VOICE OF

AFRICAN MUSIC

 Songs
of the Sage

Spider

Slow

As a limping cow or a mighty bull
Four times houghed, a great black Spider comes out of the earth
And climbs up the wall
Then Painfully sets his back against the trees, throws out his threads
For the wind to carry
Weaves a web that reaches the sky
And spreads his nets across the blue.
Where are the many-colored birds?
Where are the precentors of the sun? —Lights burst from their Sleep-deadened eyes
Among their liana-swings
Reviving their dreams and their reverberations
In that shimmering of glow-worms
That becomes a cohort of stars,
And turns the spider’s ambush
Which the horns of abounding calf will tear.

An Old Merina Song
There in the north stand two stones
Somewhat alike. One is black and the other is white. If I take the white, I am ashamed of the black.
If I take the black one, I am ashamed of the white.
If I take them both, one is love, the other consolation.

Spider and An Old Merina Song are by poet Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo, born 1901,at Antananarivo, Madagascar. His many anthologies on peotry include Presque Songes and Traduit de la Nuit. To reproduce or use sayings from this column, simply send us a postcard.

 

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Shaka
Zulu

 

The warrior’s campaign revisited in Euba’s opera

See page 3

 

Old issues of the VOAM
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In This Issue

 African and   African American Composers: Organ Music - p.2

Sharon Katz Returns to St. Louis - p.2

CHAKA: An Opera in Two Chants - p.3

Profile: Akin Euba p.4

Notes from LINKFEST‘99, Namibia - p.5

Calendar of SLAC Events

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

Editor’s Note:

In commemoration of 1999 United Nations’ Day (October 24), the Voice of African Music recommends the following books for supplemental reading:

i. KINSHIP
by Philippe Wamba

ii. COAL TO CREAM by Eugene Robinson

the Voice of African Music Editor: Fred Onovwerosuoke
Art Director: Wendy Hymes
Marketing: Asmeret Bezabeh
Contributors: Wendy Hymes, Christo van Rensburg, Kosi Adom
Design: African Music Publishers, University Copiers, Etc.

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