David Fanshawe's best known work, performed all over the world.
"An Afro-Latin Tribal-Choral Masterpiece"
"Throughout African Sanctus, Fanshawe provides surprising, but always effective juxtaposition of African music and his own choruses the humanity and reverence we share with the Africans who Fanshawe recorded shines through every minute. It is an uplifting piece, also exhilarating with its strong rhythmic drive. Fanshawe?s tapes and photos are a precious document of these vanished pieces of culture." Register Guard, Eugene, Oregon.
Produced by David Fanshawe, this new definitive recording of African Sanctus concludes with his latest composition dedicated to world peace - Dona Nobis Pacem. A full cast of international artists & selected percussionists, Europe, Africa & America unites on the concert platform with soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez, the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus &Choristers of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Conducted by Neville Creed. Recorded 1994. Fully illustrated book Silva Classics: SILKD 6003
African Sanctus has received international acclaim. It is a celebratory and visionary work, expressing unity between people, their faiths and above all, their music. African Sanctus is an unorthodox setting of the Latin Mass harmonised with traditional African music recorded by the composer on his now legendary journeys up the River Nile (1969-73). The taped music from Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya is heard in counterpoint with the live chorus, soprano soloist and instrumental ensemble. The work is composed in 13 movements and reflects geographically the composer?s cross-shaped pilgrimage, from the Mediterranean to Lake Victoria, whereby Kyrie represents Cairo and Sanctus Northern Uganda. African Sanctus is a universal work whose impact is immediate, whose message is simple, the driving force is one of Praise and a firm believe in One Music - One God. It informs both listener and performer about African music and its relationship to Western polyphony and captures the eternal and spiritual soul of music. It is an event, a celebration of power and energy, both visual, aural and multi-cultural, now performed live all over the world. For David Fanshawe there are no musical barriers.
"Sir David Willcocks writes "very different cultures have been imaginatively and ingeniously fused. The music is as fresh today as it was when first heard in 1972 and its message of peace, goodwill and understanding between nations just as relevant." "I have performed in innumerable ways over the past fifty years in both music and drama. AFRICAN SANCTUS was, however, the most deeply moving and fulfilling of any performance in which I have ever been involved." Choir Member