Banuwa:Three African Songs is a vibrant collection that presents choirs with a terrific opportunity to experience the excitement and energy of African music, arranged for accompanied SATB choir. Building on the success of Hamba Lulu, this volume taps into the rich seam of African culture and includes the festive song Banuwa, alongside Zulu bird song Izintakana and the South African wedding song Babevuya, coupled here with the infectious Walamba.
The Choral Programme Series is now a well-established programming tool for many choirs as it offers a wealth of fresh material from many eras and in many styles. It also offers great value for money, as each volume in the series provides up to forty minutes of music
Publisher: Faber Music Ltd
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 79 g
Dimensions: 254 x 176 x 3 mm
Faber's unparalleled choral catalogue continues with adaptations of three songs that capture the excitement and energy of African music with all its rhythm and tight harmonies. Add to this Brewer's contrapuntal expertise and the separation of the four parts into eight, this is a suite that will delight both choirs and audiences.
MI Pro, October 2007
Here's a treat. I've heard the various combinations of Mike Brewer's National Youth Choir perform these pieces so I know how well they work. Banuwa is the simplest of the three, though it still divides into SSAATBarB with an additional high soprano (not actually all that high). The parts build up in repeated sections, with helpful boxes above the stave so you can fill the number of repeats you want. Each part only has two phrases to sing in the whole piece, so it's simple to memorise - and these aren't songs you want to be holding your music for. Izintakana is a pulsating piece in 7/4 with plenty of body percussion, jungle noises and energy required; the same energy is needed in the last song, Babevuya/Walamba. In his excellent introduction, Brewer says, 'Don't try to learn [the rhythm] by counting. Just sing, tap and let the rhythms ground themselves in you.' This is a great chance to make your up-tight English choir let go and enjoy themselves. Start with Banuwa and progress to the others. You should end up exhausted but happy!
Music Teacher, January 2008