Zimbe! is a 40-minute work for SATB chorus, children’s choir and jazz quintet with percussion, by the UK composer Alexander L’Estrange.It is a vibrant sequence of twelve African and gospel songs, charting a day in the life of an African village. There are simple children’s playground songs from Ghana and Zimbabwe, a Xhosa lullaby for mothers of the victims of Apartheid, a rousing drinking song, and music usedon religious occasions. Zimbe! will also provide an exciting new repertory piece for choral societies who may be looking for a follow-up to the world-influenced works of David Fanshawe and Karl Jenkins. The addition of the children’s choir enables choirs to forge, or renew, relationships with local school choirs.
Zimbe! Come, sing the songs of Africa!