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Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora

Eleanor Alberga, Laurindo Almeida, Vindu André, Kwabena Nketia Bangambula, Valerie Capers, Wallace Cheatham, Robert Nathaniel Dett, Halim El-Dabh, Akin Euba, Ulysses Kay, Robert Kwami, Kwabena Nketia, Nkeiru Okoye, Christian Onyeji, Alain-Pierre Pradel, Florence Price, Amadeo Roldán Y Gardes, Isak Roux, Hale Smith, Joshua Uzoigwe, John Wesley Work III


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This album consists of music from the first two volumes of Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora, which I compiled and edited for Oxford University Press in 2007. Since the publication of the anthology, there has been great demand by piano teachers for recordings of this virtually unknown music. It is my hope that this album of intermediate pieces will be useful to teachers interested in introducing this wonderful piano music by composers of African descent to their students. I invite listeners to go on a musical journey of this delightful music, rich and diverse, from Africa and its diaspora.

I chose the word “Kete” as the title of the album because it has two meanings in the two different cultures from which my parents originate. First, “Kete” is one of the most complex, intricate and highly symbolic dances from the royal courts of the Akan people. “Kete” is also the name of a particularly beautiful fabric of the Ewe people, woven in strips on a loom and then sewn together to create beautiful patterns. This album reflects the weaving together of music by people of African descent, spread across the entire globe.

Gye Nyame! Mawu koe!
William H. Chapman Nyaho [February 2020]

William Chapman Nyaho maintains a diverse and distinguished career as a performer and educator. Chapman Nyaho is an active solo recitalist, duo pianist and chamber musician giving recitals and concerts in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and in cities across the United States, where he advocates music by composers of African descent. He is active as a guest clinician at colleges and universities, and also serves as an adjudicator for national and international piano competitions. Chapman Nyaho has served on national committees for the College Music Society, the Music Teachers’ National Association and the National Endowment for the Arts. His professional experience includes being a North Carolina Visiting Artist and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he held the Heymann Endowed Professorship and was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award. He has served as Visiting Professor of Piano at Colby College in Maine, Artist-in-Residence at Willamette University in Oregon and piano professor at Adamant Music School in Vermont. Chapman Nyaho currently serves on the piano faculty at Pacific Lutheran University as well as on the summer faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts. A leading advocate for music of Africa and its diaspora, he compiled and edited a five-volume music anthology, Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora (Oxford University Press). Chapman Nyaho studied at Achimota School, Ghana, and went on to earn his degrees from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester and the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in Switzerland. Chapman Nyaho currently runs his private piano studio in Seattle, Washington and teaches students of all levels. His students have been prizewinners at competitions and have been well placed in universities and colleges.
Isak Roux (b.1959) | South Africa
Kwela No.1
Ulysses Kay (1917-1995) | USA
Tender Thought
Hale Smith (1925-2009) | USA
My Scarf is Yellow
Nkeiru Okoye (b.1972) | Nigeria, USA
Robert Kwami (1954-2004) | Ghana
Piano Piece No.2 – Call and Response
Halim El-Dabh (1921-2017) | Egypt
Hale Smith | USA
Off-Beat Shorty
Florence Price (1887-1953) | USA
Ticklin’ Toes
Valerie Capers (b.1935) | USA
Sweet Mister Jelly Roll
Nkeiru Okoye | Nigeria, USA
Dancing Barefoot in the Rain
Isak Roux | South Africa
Valerie Capers | USA
The Monk
André Bangambula Vindu (b.1953) | Congo
Kwabena Nketia (1921-2019) | Ghana
Builsa Work Song
Christian Onyeji (b.1967) | Nigeria
Ufie III
Laurindo Almeida (1917-1995) | Brazil
Lament in Tremolo Form
Ulysses Kay | USA
Invention No.2
Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) | USA, Canada
Joshua Uzoigwe (1946-2005) | Nigeria
Nigerian Dance No.1
Wallace Cheatham (b.1945) | USA
Prelude No.1 “Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho”
Prelude No.2 “Poor Mourner’s Got a Home”
Christian Onyeji | Nigeria
Amadeo Roldán Y Gardes (1900-1939) | Cuba
Preludio Cubano
Florence Price | USA
Silk Hat and Walking Cane
John Wesley Work III (1901-1967) | USA
At a Certain Church
Kwabena Nketia | Ghana
Volta Fantasy
Akin Euba (b.1935) | Nigeria
Igbá Kerin
Igbá Kinní
Alain-Pierre Pradel (b.1949) | Guadeloupe
Pomme Cannelle
Halim El-Dabh | Egypt
Nim Nawakht
Eleanor Alberga (b.1949) | Jamaica
If the Silver Bird Could Speak

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