Composer
COLEMAN, VALERIE
Title
Umoja-The First Day of Kwanzaa(sc&pts)
Instrumentation
flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon (opt alto sax for horn)
Publisher
International Opus
Grade
3
Product Code
33I050000014
Woodwind Quintet

 Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity" and is the first day in seven in the African-American celebration of  Kwanzaa. The original composition calls for unity through the tradition of call and response and was first meant to be a simple family sing-along song for Kwanzaa. As it was added to the wind quintet repertoire of Imani Winds, it soon became a signature piece of the ensemble. The melody is mainly a French horn solo with supporting rhythms from the upper winds and a constant motor played by the bassoon. Even though the meter is in 3/4, the melody and percussive upper wind accompaniment is mostly phrased in 6/8 when there is syncopation. Most importantly, the entire feel should be in one. Alto saxophone may substitute if there is no French horn available.   Score and parts included.

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Umoja sample 1.jpeg