Njangi: 2023 ISCM World New Music Days (WNMD) Festival - South Africa

Roberto Alonso Trillo* (Performer), Mario Chiacchiarini (Conductor), Verixe Sonora (Performer)

*Corresponding author for this work

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Within the framework of postcolonial reflections that understand artistic practice as an exercise in building coexistence, Njangi, an ancient form of sharing community resources after the harvest, is a program of world premieres by Spanish and African composers.

Through the music of Monthati Masebe (Johannesburg, South Africa, 1995), Ayo Oluranti (Ibadan, Nigeria, 1972), Christian Onyeji (Nigeria, 1967), Daniel Roca (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 1965), and Ramón Souto (Vigo, Spain, 1976), Njangi aims to understand, negotiate, and promote new forms of understanding between Africa and Europe. This approach fosters brotherhood, deepens bonds of welcome and mixing at the threshold preceding the notions of what is Western and what is not.

The concert also serves as a tribute to the great reference for Africanists in Spain and Latin America, and close collaborator of Casa África, the recently deceased Mbuyi Kabunda Badi. A founding member of the Group of African Studies at UAM and an inspirer of vocations that continue to spread the seed of his activist and researcher legacy worldwide, Mbuyi Kabunda Badi approached a vision that is clean and innovative, full of humanity and enthusiasm for thinking about the world from a lucid, inclusive, and deeply warm understanding, founded on a firm public commitment to the defense of justice, solidarity, and human rights.

Njangi is an idea of the International Music Festival of the Canary Islands in co-production with ISCM South Africa, the Vertixe Festival, and the World Music Days 2023 Johannesburg/Cape Town (South Africa) celebrating, for the first time on the African continent, the 100 years of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM).

CHRISTIAN ONYEJI (Nigeria, 1967) "Ero Muo" for ensemble
RAMÓN SOUTO (Vigo, Spain, 1976) "Njangi" for ensemble
AYO OLURANTI (Ibadan, Nigeria, 1972) "MandEʋe Lines & Patterns from the Motherland" for ensemble
DANIEL ROCA (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 1965) "Uguquko" for ensemble
MONTHATI MASEBE (Johannesburg, South Africa, 1995) "Alakanisa" for ensemble and electronics

Violin: Roberto Alonso Trillo

Conductor: Mariano Chiacchiarini

VERTIXE SONORA Pilar Fontalba oboe | Pablo Coello saxophone | Sérgio Pacheco trumpet | Nuno Pinto electric guitar | Guilherme Lapa electric bass | Helena Sousa accordion | David Durán, Haruna Takebe synthesizer piano | Nuno Simões, Diego Ventoso percussion | Roberto Alonso violin | Alfonso Noriega viola | Sara Chordà cello | Iván Ferrer-Orozco electronic media
Original languageEnglish
PublisherInternational Society for Contemporary Music
Media of outputOther
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023

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