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Non - Christian sacred music?

Looking to include non-christian sacred music in a mainly Christian program for Easter SATB a capella or accompanied. Found lots of Jewish music, looking for more along the lines of Afro -Brazilian and afro-Caribbean cults and religions, Native American (North and south) Hindu, Budhist and so on, prefrebly with music reflecting the same culture. Any help much appreciated! 
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on January 28, 2011 1:14pm
(spirituals from Sea Islands of S. Carolina & Georgia)
(Irish fisherman's prayer & Way of the Boddhisattva)
I will be interested to see other suggestions!
on January 28, 2011 5:02pm
It seems you are asking about an Easter Sunday occasion, in which case I wonder why you would pur in any non-Christian material; it ia a day of affirmation not to be questioned, challenged or compared, even in a positive sense.
If you are talking about a concert apart from the Easter day, that is another thing. Any dealer should be able to help. But, why in a church situation, even in a concert, present opposing dogma?
You did not say this is a church or neutral hall!
All for variety,
on January 28, 2011 5:15pm
Hi EP, this is a concert tour, not a religious service. Yoel
on January 28, 2011 6:52pm
Hello Yoel,
I think that's great that you want to include non-Christian sacred music!  I'm all for interfaith and the agreement of all relgions.
Here is some Baha'i music you may like to include.  One of the pieces is written by Ravi Shankar and harmonised by a Western composer for SATB Choir, with the words in both English and Hindi.  "This is the Day" is also exceptionally beautiful!  Then there is a song in Isizulu as well which can easily be added to an Easter program (The words are: “O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.”)
Wishing you some merry music making,
on January 29, 2011 9:26am
AFRICAN PRAYER, published by Consort Press. Here's the catalog entry. (It's very easy.)

CP 52, AFRICAN PRAYER arr: Salli Terri (2 part equal or mixed acappella + drum) 3 min.  $1.00

Here's the text:
O, God of the sunrise, protect this child.
Help the infant to grow, and become a worthy member of our tribe.
Let us know if you'd like to take a look at it.
on January 29, 2011 10:53am
A couple of options: Holst's "Choral Hymns of the Rig Veda" comes in a number of manifestations and are stunning settings of Hindu Vedic texts.  Similar in the realm of Non-Western mysticism if Adolphus Hailstork's "Seven Songs of the Rubaiyat:" settings of the well-known Sufi poems.  Also, Stephen Paulus has "Meditations of Li Po." 
on February 1, 2011 4:05pm
One piece that I've found to be very effective and really fun is "Jubiaba," a Brazilian piece arranged by Carlos Alberto Fonseca.
on February 1, 2011 4:52pm
I've got one, it's for women's voices, though, here: (this time with a children's choir but also done with women). The text is amazing, an ancient prayer to Mars, you can read about it here: (in Italian though, might want to Google Translate...)

Corpus Inscriptiones Latinae VI 2104, Rome, Carmen Fratrum Arvalium

Lasas assist us, Lasas delight us, Lasas come to our aid! Neither plague nor ruin, Marmor, allow to be visited on us. But if however we are invaded, like Mars we shall leap across our borders To sate you with the blood of our enemies and stay the barbarians. Marmor assist us, Marmor defend us, Marmor come to our aid. Triumph, triumph, triumph, triumph, triumph!

on February 2, 2011 5:24am
Let me suggest the very special choral piece
" YO-NA MA" - a mysterious prayer of mother earth
You can perform this composition with mixed voices SATB
or SSAA (as you can see on YOUTUBE)
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