The phrase “Nchikota Omenala” translates to “cultural convergence” in Igbo, a regional language found in western Africa and is descriptive of the piece. This work is derived from three folk songs: Cirandeiro from Brazil, Mi Caballo Blanco (“My White Horse”) from Chile, and Wšak Nám Tak Nebude (“Fear Not, O Sweetest One”) from the Czech Republic. These themes freely interplay with each other melodically and modally – often over a seven-beat rhythmic pattern found in many African and Native American songs. Eventually these all meld into a single common-time unit in C major.
This composition was intended to reflect the rich and diverse cultures represented everywhere, using melodies specifically associated with children, and how these all converge into the single global community of tomorrow through what will be the leaders of tomorrow.
Nchikota Omenala was composed for the University of Dubuque Wind Ensemble in Dubuque, Iowa.
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