Raising the Bar: Traditional South African Choral Music Volume I (book + dvd)

$ 35.00

Book + DVD
Created by Mollie Stone & Patty Cuyler, with Matlakala Bopape from Polokwane, South Africa

Six South African songs suitable for either SATB or treble choir.

Our South African book + DVD sets will guide you through each song, voice part by voice part, so that you can learn to teach them in the oral tradition. The books offer specific guidance on pronunciation, vocal tone, dance movements, and includes reproduceable wordsheets with full translations and IPA and background information for each song. Also included are suggestions for treble-voice as well as SATB arrangements.

The teaching DVDs include all the voice parts, step-by-step instruction in the dance movements, clear pronunciation teaching video, and full performances by a special ensemble of singers aged 8-18 from the Chicago Children's Choir.

Listen to the songs using our Bandcamp player:

Songs in this volume:

  1. Mrs Galo (Xhosa praise song)
  2. Mmamoshimane (Sotho wedding song)
  3. Modimo rea go boka (Sotho church chorus)
  4. Njengebhadi libhadula (Xhosa folk song)
  5. Koloi ya Eliya (Sotho folk/church song)
  6. Ndandihleli (Xhosa folk song adapted for the struggle against HIV/AIDS)

Jones College Prep (Chicago, IL) performance of 'Modimo rea go boka':

 Massachusetts Eastern District Junior Mixed Chorus, March 2013:

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