Saturday, June 22, 2013

Fela Sowande's Complete 'African Suite for Strings' is Available on Used CD or as Digital Download

Fela Sowande (1905-1987)
is featured at 

Fela Sowande: African Suite (24:52); CBC Records SMCD 5135 (1994)

Decca LM 4547 (1952)

Naxos mp3
[Photos show African Suite for Strings of Fela Sowande in three versions. TOP: CD by CBC Vancouver Orchestra; Mario Bernardi, Conductor; CBC Records SMCD 5135 (1994) MIDDLE: LP record by The New Symphony Strings; Trevor Harvey, conductor; Decca LM 4547 (1952) BOTTOM: Naxos mp3 version of Decca LP]

A reader in Florida writes an email with the Subject: "African Suite for Strings":

"Dear Mr. Zick, Could you tell me where I could purchase  a CD of this recording? My NPR station plays it occasionally and I would love to have a copy to play anytime I want. I've searched the internet to no avail. I hope you can help me."

On July 26, 2011 AfriClassical posted a reply to another reader's question: 'African Suite' of Fela Sowande is Available as Download from   To our knowledge, the only CD of the complete work is CBC Records SMCD 5135, which is out of print.  However, used copies are still available at some websites which sell used CDs, including, which recently listed used copies for sale for $19.99 and up.  Some music collectors regularly purchase used copies of recordings which are no longer in print.

The version of African Suite for Strings on the Decca LP is now available in mp3 format at  

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