African sheet music

The online publisher of African sheet music scores, specialising in critical and performing editions for both study and performance.

ACE’s mission is to give African composers a digital platform and render their music accessible worldwide by providing introductions to works and translating African language texts into English. To marks its 10th anniversary in 2022, ACE will complete a performing edition of music by Surendran Reddy (1962-2010), adding to its existing editions of music by Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa (1908-1982) and Michael Mosoeu Moerane (1904-1980). The first of several selected works by Justinian Tamusuza (b.1951) has also just been published. Composers who would like to be considered for publication are welcome to contact ACE via the Contact page.

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sonata 'f a i r p l a y' ii extended
masakane let us build together (set of orchestral parts)
other teaching material
three pieces for flute and piano on b a c h
we miss you
martino on the rocks

Composers

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa

ACE published 145 extant works by Lesotho composer Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa (1908-1982) between 2013 and 2016 individually, in six volumes and in a complete scholarly edition. All but one are choral works and they are presented in both dual staff-solfa notation and staff notation only. ACE has also published 31 historic recordings of choirs performing Mohapeloa’s music.
Mohapeloa's works...

Justinian Tamusuza

ACE has just begun publishing a small selection of works by Ugandan composer Justinian Tamusuza (b.1951)
Tamusuza's works...

Michael Mosoeu Moerane

ACE published all 51 extant works by South African-born composer Michael Mosoeu Moerane (1904-1980) in 2020, both individually and in a complete edition.
Moerane's works...

Surendran Reddy

ACE has completed the publication of 125 individual works by Durban-born composer Surendran Reddy (1962-2010) for the Reddy Performing Edition. He is perhaps best known for a crossover style that he developed in the late 1990s to 2000s that he called ‘clazz’ - a fusion of classical, jazz, African and other world musics. His early works (1970s-80s) are for piano solo/ensemble in baroque, classical, romantic or serial style. From the late 1980s he began writing jazz pieces and in the 2000s focused on piano music, sometimes large-scale and virtuosic - he himself was a virtuoso keyboardist. Surendran also wrote highly accessible, community oriented music for theatre and dance, electronic pieces, music for violin, clarinet, flute, organ and other solo instruments, and works for accompanied choir. Browse through the downloadable Catalogue (pdf) or scroll down on this page and click on any work to find out more about this highly versatile composer, who worked in many genres and styles.
Reddy's works...