Fred Onovwerosuoke's brief "Fanfare for Strings and Timpani," in its world premiere, was a rousing evocation of a Nigerian war dance, complete with the clanging of machetes -- fortunately only simulated.
...attractive, rather epigrammatic
and made an immediate effect, a compelling mixture of technical
challenges, memorable ideas and clever compositional working, none of
which outstayed their welcome...
..."The Gathering," an overture by
Ghanaian-American composer Fred Onovwerosuoke was a brief, lively work
propelled by rapid and aggressive African rhythms, while oscillating
minor thirds and fourths create a delicious sense of danger–all
powerfully rendered by Marlon Daniel and his orchestra...
The piano lines in [Fredo's] songs "12 African Songs for Solo Voice and Piano" are lively and catchy - indeed,
though their sources are more exotic than African-American spirituals or Langston
Hughes, FredO's African songs have the
most popular appeal of all the material
on this [Libera, AGCD 2106] recording.
These kinetic pieces [Twenty-four Studies in African Rhythms] easily
get under one’s skin and they sound like they are fun to play.
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