A question that has been around and won’t easily go away is this: How do we bring “Africa” and “Europe” together?
These two worlds represent such contrasts; the spontaneity, expressiveness and conviviality of Africa, and the refined technical sophistication of Europe. Musically, Africa gives us rhythm, improvisation and celebration, while Europe gives us harmony, range, discipline and musical literacy.
More to the point, how can the western orchestra be true to its traditions, while expressing the African sensibility?
This is the quest that has guided the creation of “Spirit Of The Land”, now out on Mama Dance Music Library (MD239 as part of its “Big Screen Africa” series). While it is hopefully usable for media soundtracks, it is also a heartfelt expression of my dual affections for both these worlds.