Umoja for Wind Quintet (Mail Order Only)
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Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity" and is the first day in seven in the African-
American celebration of Kwanzaa. The original composition calls for unity through the
tradition of call and response and was first meant to be a simple family sing-along song
for Kwanzaa. As it was added to the wind quintet repertoire of Imani Winds, a woodwind
quintet that was created and founded by Coleman, and it soon became a signature piece
of the ensemble. The melody is mainly a French horn solo with supporting rhythms from
the upper winds and a constant motor played by the bassoon. Even though the meter is in
3/4 time, the melody and percussive upper wind accompaniment is mostly phrased in 6/8
when there is syncopation. Most importantly, the entire feel should be in 1.
Suggested effects: flutter tongueing and trills within the flute line.