The black keys
April 04, 2021

Nearly forgotten - African classical music

Pianist Rebeca Omordia has spent years looking for classical music composed by African authors, uncovering finally more than 200 composers of African art music. The most attractive features of African art music is its extraordinary variety. Some composers from Ethiopia and South Africa, for example, wrote music in a western classical style while incorporating traditional melodies and rhythms with results that are unique and uplifting in equal measure, Guardian reports. The result of Omodria's research is African Concert Series, an online series of African music she discovered, which ended this week.