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African Marching Song

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John O'Reilly

Arranged by John O'Reilly

Subtitle: Siyahamba

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $45.00; (digital) - $48.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Tom-tom


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This rhythmically interesting gem from Africa finds Siyahamba set with repeating percussion patterns that keep the African feel moving while syncopated block harmonies round out the accompaniment. In typical African call and response tradition, everyone joins in as the arrangement progresses.

- Program Note adapted from publisher

Siyahamba (written down by Andries Van Tonder, and possibly composed by him, or possibly a Zulu folk song) is a South African hymn that became popular in North American churches in the 1990s. The title means "We are marching" or "We are walking" in the Zulu language.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Georgia: II


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