Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora - Volume 1

Early Intermediate

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This first volume for advanced beginners offers a wonderful introduction to Ragtime and Jazz as well as syncopation and different articulations. The pieces range from light-hearted pieces like 'Kwela,' the Zulu term for dance, to soulful and spiritual pieces like 'Dusk.' This volume includes performance notes for each piece.

  • Isak Roux: Kwela No. 1
  • Ulysses Kay: Tender Thought
  • Hale Smith: My Scarf is Yellow
  • Nkeiru Okoye: Dusk
  • Robert Mawuena Kwami: Piano Piece No. 2, Call and Response
  • Halik El-Dabh: Soufiane
  • Hale Smith: Off-Beat Shorty
  • Florence B. Price: Ticklin' Toes
  • Valerie Capers: Sweet Mister Jelly Roll
  • Nkeiru Okoye: Dancing Barefoot in the Rain
  • Isak Roux: Lullaby
  • Valerie Capers: The Monk
  • Bangambula Vindu: Lullaby
  • J. H. Kwabena Nketia: Builsa Work Song
  • Christian Onyeji: Ufie III


  • Roux: Kwela No. 1
  • Kay: Tender Thought
  • H. Smith: My Scarf is Yellow
  • Okoye: Dusk
  • Kwami: Piano Piece No. 2 (Call and Response)
  • El-Dabh: Soufiane
  • H. Smith: Off-Beat Shorty
  • Price: Ticklin' Toes
  • Capers: Sweet Mister Jelly Roll
  • Okoye: Dancing Barefoot in the Rain
  • Roux: Lullaby
  • Capers: The Monk
  • Vindu: Lullaby
  • Nketia: Builsa Work Song
  • Onyeji: Ufie III