Zimbe! (Come Sing the Songs of Africa). Arranged by Alexander L'Estrange. Choir Secular. For with Piano / jazz quintet / percussion (SATB choir). Book; Choral Extended Work; Larger Works. Faber Edition. Multicultural; World. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571533248).
ISBN 0571533248. Multicultural; World.
Zimbe! is a 40-minute work for SATB chorus, childrenâ€™s choir and jazz quintet with percussion, by the UK composer Alexander Lâ€™Estrange.
It is a vibrant sequence of twelve African and gospel songs, charting a day in the life of an African village. There are simple childrenâ€™s playground songs from Ghana and Zimbabwe, a Xhosa lullaby for mothers of the victims of Apartheid, a rousing drinking song, and music used on religious occasions. Zimbe! will also provide an exciting new repertory piece for choral societies who may be looking for a follow-up to the world-influenced works of David Fanshawe and Karl Jenkins. The addition of the childrenâ€™s choir enables choirs to forge, or renew, relationships with local school or community choirs.