Sililiza (Hear Me) (Sounds of a Better World). By Jim Papoulis. Edited by Francisco J. Núñez and Francisco J. N. For Choral, Shaker, Djembe, Agogo Bell (SSAA A Cappella). BH Sounds of a Better World. 24 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M051481231. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48021226).
Composer Jim Papoulis has created an energetic and uplifting work that fuses the rhythms from African, American and Latin cultures, and uses a text primarily in Swahili interspersed with phrases in Spanish. Supported by shaker, Djembe and agogo bell, the middle section has the feel of a real celebration with layers of spoken word that lead us to the understanding: “listen, hear, stand strong.” Duration: ca. 3:15.
Performed by Young People's Chorus of NYC, Francisco Núñez, conductor.