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An African Night Mystery & The Transcendent

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  

Format: Spiralbound

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.

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Tags: Orchestra, Polyphony, Polyrhythmic, Lyrical, Melodic, Aural Exultations, Elated, Intervallic, Patterned Phrases, Portraiture, Thematic