Alan Ashton provides this photo, captioned "Fela Sowandie," from the "1946 Theatre Organ World publication"
Fela Sowande (1905-1987), Nigerian Composer, Organist & Professor, is the Father of Modern Nigerian Art Music and is featured at AfriClassical.com
AfriClassical and its associates have often been asked for information on the sheet music for African Suite of Fela Sowande. The following information has just been provided to one of our readers by Janet Harper, Librarian, Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago:
We at the Center for Black Music Research are happy to help you.
The European American Music Distributors Company sells the work, “African Suite” by Fela Sowande, https://www.eamdc.com/composers/fela-sowande/works/african-suite/.
If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact us.
Center for Black Music Research
Columbia College Chicago
600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago IL 60605
Comment by email:
Hooray! I really hope that this a start to publishing and re-publishing all of Sowande’s works. Roll on the time when this work (and others by this much neglected composer) becomes part of regular ‘concert repertoire’. On hearing ‘African Suite’, previously uninformed artists may be encouraged to explore Sowande’s other works – his wonderful songs, organ works etc. From that point, those who like what they discover may embark upon an exploration process of other West African art music...... Glad too that CBMR is still up and running! Mike [Michael S. Wright]