African Harmony

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Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij

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Subtitle: Songs from Mama Africa

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $205.00   |   Score Only (print) - $55.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)

Choir (SATB) (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

African Harmony embraces a handful of beloved folk songs from the different cultures and countries of Africa. It highlights the following songs:

Sansa Kroma (Little Hawk) is a happy, buoyant melody familiar to the playgrounds of Ghana. While the children sing, a rock is passed around the circle to add to the kids’ fun.

Thula Thu Baba (Keep Quiet My Child) This well-loved lullaby is deeply ingrained into the Pan-African culture. The sounds of the words “to be silent” in the Xhosa language are themselves gorgeous and soothing. The lyrics roughly translate as: “God bless this land called Africa, may your spirits come and keep our conflicts far away.”

The song Khuluma (Speak) was made famous by South-African singer Miriam Makeba. It is a story from the townships of an unwanted suitor who is rebuffed by a woman whose husband has not yet returned from his job in the city. When the husband returns, he tells the visitor to stay away from his beloved.

Ilanga libuya, ilanga liyaphuma (The Sun Comes, The Sun Rises) This is a paean, a song of joy in the Zulu language to the promise of a new day.

Tshotsholoza (Go Forward)
 is a traditional Zimbabwean Ndebele tribal song, delivered in call-and-response style. Male migrant miners used to sing this song. It became so popular in South-African culture that the song is often referred to as South Africa’s second national anthem. The South-African soccer team sang Tshotsholoza as they charged onto the field of play for the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg.

African Harmony was commissioned by Richard R. Fischer, Professor of Music at Concordia University, Chicago.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • New York Wind Symphony (Central Valley) (Richard Rogan, conductor) – 9 December 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Johan de Meij website Accessed 19 July 2017
  • Meij, J. (2016). African Harmony - Songs from Mama Africa : For Wind Orchestra and Optional Choir (SATB) [score]. Amstel Music: Amsterdam.
  • Perusal score