Sunday, December 25, 2011

AMP: Second Edition of Fred Onovwerosuoke's 'Afro-Caribbean Mass' Released

[Fred Onovwerosuoke; AFRO-CARIBBEAN MASS for Mixed Choir, Soloist and Piano by Fred Onovwerosuoke; African Music Publishers 2011]

Melanie Knolls of African Music Publishers sends us this message:

“Please forward exciting news about AMP's newest release, AFRO-CARIBBEAN MASS for Mixed Choir, Soloist and Piano by Fred Onovwerosuoke. Just in time for the New Year! Order through a bookstore near you or online from:

“May your Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and entire holiday season be filled with joy. With many good wishes for the coming year. Thank you for continued support. From all of us at African Musical Arts and African Music Publishers in St Louis, Missouri.

African Musical Arts, Inc.
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St Louis, MO 63103

“Book Description
Publication Date: 2011
Afro Caribbean Mass follows the usual liturgical setting of the Kyrie, Gloria-Laudamus Te, Acclamation (Hallelujah), Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. It is sung in the English language with some West African Pidgin English and Caribbean Patois, albeit with ocassional Latin text intoning the Kyrie and Gloria. The idea of panning to a cross-cultural genre was inspired by the need to present other ethnic and global perspectives in Christian religious worship. Stylistically, the work draws from diverse music genres such as traditional African harmonies and popular dance music, as well as Caribbean 'Reggae-Calypso' and American R&B. It is scored for mixed choir, soloist and piano, with optional band accompaniment of horns, electric guitars, synthesizer and percussion. Each of the six pieces can be performed independently as a concert item, while the full work of about 25 minutes of music can be spread throughout a normal worship. With gratitude to God for all the choirs and friends who have inspired this work and performed each piece when they were completed.”

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