An African Night Mystery & The Transcendent
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Title: Wunja Na Bika
Subtitle: An African Night Mystery & The Transcendent
Author: Emmanuel Tanka Fonta
13 Digit ISBN: 978-1-894821-37-7 | ISBN: 1-894821-37-8
Subject: Contemporary African
Instrumentation : Chamber Orchestra with additional African Percussion Instruments.
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon, Horn in F, Trumpet in Bb,
Trombone, Tenor Trombone, Drums, Kick Drum, Djoun Djoun (African Bass Drums), Tom Toms, 2 Congo / Bongos, CowBell, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violincello, Double Bass Pizzicato.
Category : Concert
Genre : Traditional African
Duration : 7:12 minutes
Difficulty : Difficult/professional (Grades 7-8+)
More info : Score, Parts, CD, 30cm; Spiral bound
Areas of interest: Musicology, Ethnomusicology. Theoritical & practical approaches to composition in contemporary African music with western notation, instrumentation and orchestration.
A polyphonic & poly-rhythmic work in one movement, structured & written in the idiomatic language of traditional African percussion music, with integral elements of classical & jazz music. It’s inherent form, structure, themes & melodic motifs structured on different traditional African percussion instruments, such as the Magbetu a zither harp from Zaire & the Mvet, a double sided harp with calabash amplification of the Beti's of Cameroon.
Wunja Na Bika.
Music from the plateau land, hills and valleys of the grassfields of Cameroon. We have woven together many
rhythmic motifs and melodic elements typical of traditional African percussion music.
Traditional African music is a collective and participatory art-form, a highly creative process which involves all the
elements of everyday life and existence as expressed in nature and the universe. It attempts to captured all these
variegated instances, moments, events and experiences et cetera, expressing them through the medium of music
with rhythmic and melodic symbolism.