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Umoja The First Day of Kwanzaa (score & parts)-FL/OB/CL

Composer: Coleman, Valerie

Publisher: International Opus

Edition: 62148


Umoja The First Day of Kwanzaa
for flute, oboe, and clarinet
by Valerie Coleman (b. 1970)- American composer


Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity" and is the first day in seven in the African-American celebration of  Kwanzaa. The original composition calls for unity through the tradition of call and response and was first meant to be a simple family sing-along song for Kwanzaa. As it was added to the wind quintet repertoire of Imani Winds, it soon became a signature piece of the ensemble. This version for trio may be played by two flutes, and bass flute, or by flute, oboe, and clarinet. Even though the meter is in 3/4, the melody and percussive upper wind accompaniment is mostly phrased in 6/8 when there is syncopation. Most importantly, the entire feel should be in one. 

11/20/2018- This product is no longer available from the publisher.