Suggestions for an a cappella lively processional
Date: December 16, 2010
Well, my goodness - it took me a while to see that to post here one has to click on forums posts first and then get the "new message" button up.
Now that that's out the way, I'll put this in the Community Forum before the main section since then I don't have to explain myself so much - world music choir conductors will all immediately understand what I'm looking for! I did a search but it didn't come up with anything suitable.
We need an upbeat, lively, voices only, preferably secular song which lends itself to a processional. I'd like SAB, but we can handle 2 or 4+ parts. We are looking at some African songs and don't mind if they are religious - we sing them in the native language. We are also looking at Jamaiican, Israeli...well anything really.
Siyahamba is too easy .
Freedom Train is too easy.
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning doesn't have the mood we need
Shosoloza's tempo is too slow for what we want - so is Wana Baraka
Mungu ni Pendo is both too easy and too slow
Bonse Aba they've done to death
Jabula Jesu looks like a good possibility
The singers handle syncopation and mixed rhythms very well. They quite like dancing down the aisles. This processional is not a be-robed serious affair. It's more to shock the relatives in the audience into thinking "Wow - is THIS what they are singing every week!".
New compositions are welcome if we can afford them.
Hope that gives enough info for some suggestions. Anyone got some gems they can fling my way?
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