African Suite consists of five pieces for String Orchestra and Harp, representing five varying moods:
- Joyful Day
Two of the themes used in the Suite, “Joyful Day” and “Onipe,” are melodies from the pen of Mr. E. Amu, of Achimota College, Gold Coast, West Africa, to whom the composer is indebted for permission to use them. “Lullaby” and “Akinia” are folk-melodies from Southern Nigeria, while “Nostalgia” is based on an original theme, and represents the nostalgic memories of “an African in England.”
[Program note by the composer]
This is a wonderful work that is almost never performed. In this conductor’s opinion, future performances are greatly inhibited by prohibitive rental costs.