A Keelie Makolay

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A Keelie Makolay

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Inclusive arrangement for mixed skill ensemble of Ghanaian folk song A Keelie Makolay

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Inclusive arrangement for mixed skill ensemble of Ghanaian folk song A Keelie Makolay.

Traditional Ghanaian Krobo, arranged by Emma Oliver-Trend

This is a westernised version of a traditional Ghanaian song. The original text is written in the African Kwa language of Adangbe, one of the many African languages that uses tonal terracing where variations of pitch in the spoken word change meaning. Attributed to the Krobo tribe of South Eastern Ghana, this song is for children and its lyrics have a simple meaning, reminiscent of children’s playgrounds across the world:

Makolay – will you come to play?

Yes, yes I’ll come to play!

Traditional African music is the root of much Western music that we listen to today and is well known for its pulsating rhythms, high energy drumming, choral harmony singing and the use of call and response. This particular arrangement draws together these features in a fully orchestral and vocal work that inspires the mind to dance and the audience to sing along.

Originally written for the National Orchestra for All as part of the 2018-2019 WordPlay season, premièred at the University of Leeds in July 2018. This arrangement has been created as part of Orchestras for All’s Modulo Programme to cater for mixed skill level, mixed instrument school and community ensembles.