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RAISING THE BAR: TRAD. S.AFRICAN CHORAL MUSIC VOL.1 & 2

One of the main characteristics of South African folk music is its syncopated nature. Accompanying dances can add new rhythmic patterns to the mix, with song and dance together forming a complex and not easily-defined rhythmic structure.

Because of this, South African folk songs are best understood through careful listening and close observation. Multi-media resources accompany our books to assist in this regard, as notation alone cannot adequately capture all these nuances of the rich South African folk music tradition.

Multi-media resources for choir directors and singers
from some of the world's greatest polyphonic music traditions

Teaching a new 'world music' genre can be an intimidating prospect, for being ready to face your choir is more complicated than just passing out a score. You need to find and study models for vocal tone and phrasing. You need to learn proper pronunciation, and do research on the song and its cultural milieu. 

This website is here to help provide you with the basic resources that you need to raise the bar for your choir's success in performing music from other cultures.

Our DVDs include pronunciation & performance video. Video for individual voice parts is included on all of our South African DVDs as well as the Raising the Bar Bulgarian DVD. All books include useful background information, word sheets with translations, teaching and performance tips and pronunciation guides.

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Raising the Bar: Bulgarian Folk Songs For Treble Choirs (Children's & Women's Ensembles) (Book+DVD)
Price: $35.00
Raising the Bar: Bulgarian Folk Songs For Treble Choirs (Children's & Women's Ensembles) (Book+DVD)
Thirteen Bulgarian songs especially chosen for youth and children’s choirs, ranging from simple children’s play songs to a Christmas processional to three-part arrangements by Bulgarian composer Petăr Krumov. Included in the book are scores, word sheets.
Raising the Bar: Music from the Republic of Georgia (Book+DVD)
Price: $35.00
Raising the Bar: Music from the Republic of Georgia (Book+DVD)
Twelve traditional 3-part folk songs from the Republic of Georgia, for mixed, youth and adult choirs. Book with scores, pronunciation guide, performance guidelines and background information, and accompanying DVD with performance and pronunciation video.
Raising the Bar: Traditional South African Choral Music Volume 1 (Book+DVD)
Price: $35.00
Raising the Bar: Traditional South African Choral Music Volume 1 (Book+DVD)
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Six South African songs for SATB or treble choir. Teaching DVD with voice parts, dance movements, pronunciation tracks and performances. Book includes tips for teaching and performing, pronunciation guide, background information for the songs and more.
Raising the Bar: Traditional South African Choral Music Volume 2 (Book+DVD)
Price: $35.00
Raising the Bar: Traditional South African Choral Music Volume 2 (Book+DVD)
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Six South African songs for SATB choir. Teaching DVD with voice parts, dance movements, pronunciation tracks and performances. Book includes tips for teaching and performing, pronunciation guide, background information for the songs and more.
SPECIAL PRICE for BOTH South African Book/DVD packages
Price: $60.00
SPECIAL PRICE for BOTH South African Book/DVD packages
Purchase BOTH volumes of Raise the Bar: Traditional South African Choral Music and get $10 off the combined price
 
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