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Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora Volume 1
Early Intermediate
By Various

Solo piano (Solo) - easy
Early Intermediate. Composed by Various. Edited by William H. Chapman Nyaho. Piano Music of the African Diaspora. Sheet Music. 48 pages. Oxford University Press #9780193868229. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193868229).

Item Number: OU.9780193868229

ISBN 9780193868229.

For solo piano This first volume for advanced beginners offers a wonderful introduction to Ragtime and Jazz as well as syncopation and different articulations. The pieces range from light-hearted pieces like 'Kwela,' the Zulu term for dance, to soulful and spiritual pieces like 'Dusk.' This volume includes performance notes for each piece.

  • Kwela No. 1  Composed by Isak Roux
  • Tender Thought  Composed by Ulysses Kay
  • My Scarf is Yellow  Composed by Hale Smith
  • Dusk  Composed by Nkeiru Okoye
  • Piano Piece No. 2, Call and Response  Composed by Robert Mawuena Kwami
  • Soufiane  Composed by Halik El-Dabh
  • Off-Beat Shorty  Composed by Hale Smith
  • Ticklin' Toes  Composed by Florence B. Price
  • Sweet Mister Jelly Roll  Composed by Valerie Capers
  • Dancing Barefoot in the Rain  Composed by Nkeiru Okoye
  • Lullaby  Composed by Isak Roux
  • The Monk  Composed by Valerie Capers
  • Builsa Work Song  Composed by J. H. Kwabena Nketia
  • Ufie III  Composed by Christian Onyeji
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Church pianist
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • May 09, 2018 Glad I bought it!

    This book is exactly what I was looking for. I was asked to find music by People of Color, and this was perfect. It is easy enough that I can learn a piece in a week or two, but they don't sound like beginner recital pieces. Each piece is...

    unique, and many have rhythms and note combinations that are not familiar or expected (to my midwestern US ears). I have perfected two of the pieces and performed them a couple weeks ago, and received several positive comments. If you want something that isn't the same old stuff, but isn't too hard to play, this is your book!

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  • 5

    New York, NY
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • April 16, 2009 Really cool!

    There are so many different styles and genres in this collection, it's fantastic. I feel as though it covers some of the basic techniques that piano method/repertoire books cover except that it's much more interesting and in tune with the kind of music that students really want...

    to play. Some pieces are jazzy with syncopation and others are just beautiful (like #4, "Dusk"). As a piano teacher of middle school and high school students, I highly recommend this series. And it's Oxford, so you don't have to worry about quality.

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