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An African Celebration

Betelehemu / African Noel / Siyahamba

By Sally K. Albrecht

Choir Secular (SATB choir)
Betelehemu / African Noel / Siyahamba. Arranged by Sally K. Albrecht. Performance Music Ensemble; Single Titles. Alfred Archive Edition: Alfred Choral Designs. Form: Medley. Folk; Kwanzaa; Multicultural; Secular; Winter. Choral Octavo. 16 pages. Alfred Music #00-21804. Published by Alfred Music (AP.21804).

Item Number: AP.21804


Sally Albrecht combines three celebrated African folk songs into one exuberant arrangement for choirs of all levels from elementary through high school. Pulsating rhythms and a joyous layering of vocal parts build to an explosive finish. Sing this cross-cultural gem in Swahili and English for seasonal concerts, or use the alternate "Alleluya" text all year long. A lively African feel SoundTrax is available, or add your own rhythm instruments.

About Alfred Choral Designs

The Alfred Choral Designs Series provides student and adult choirs with a variety of secular choral music that is useful, practical, educationally appropriate, and a pleasure to sing. To that end, the Choral Designs series features original works, folk song settings, spiritual arrangements, choral masterworks, and holiday selections suitable for use in concerts, festivals, and contests.

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  • 5

    Scott B
    Toronto, Canada
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  • December 10, 2011 Crowd Pleaser! - Good set opener.

    The energy builds and falls in this piece up to the climax of the last movement and last bar. A real crowd pleaser. Add some simple swaying or even Jembi percussion to add to the flair. Easy to perform. You won't go wrong with this piece.

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