Kalimba (1986)

for orchestra

African Journal No 8b


Duration: 7 minutes, 30 seconds

Programme note

This orchestral transcription of Let us run out of the rain was made almost immediately after the original was first performed. It paraphrases Nsenga kalimba (thumb piano) music recorded in the Petauke District of Zambia (in southern Africa) by John Blacking in 1961, and transcribed by him. The tunes were composed and performed by Gideon Bingaili, Ackson Lungu, Taiad Mwanza and Ackson Zuly. The work was originally composed for piano or harpsichord duet (1986) and arranged for string quartet (1991) and percussion quartet (1995).


Orchestral works