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Naakutendanga Emirembe Gyonna

Naakutendanga Emirembe Gyonna (I Will Praise You God For Ever) was completed on 28 December 2015, following a request by composer Michael Blake for a new composition. The first performed took place at a joint concert of music by the two composers while they were in residence at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies at Stellenbosch University, in January 2019. The work was recorded the same year on the CD, Too Late for the Prayers: Music by Justinian Tamusuza & Michael Blake (AOI Edition CD02): Naakutendanga Emirembe Gyonna is Track 4 and the CD also includes Tamusuza’s Okwanjula Kw’Endere (Introduction for Flute) of 1995. Naakutendanga Emirembe Gyonna lasts for 12 minutes and is scored for vibraphone and marimba, with each player also playing woodblock, and their two functions shown on separate staves. Tamusuza’s addition of woodblocks to already quite percussive instruments reflects the music of his country, Uganda, and his early training in traditional music. The inspiration for the piece arises from the composer’s daily meditation about God’s mercy towards the human race, and especially about the Divine Providence that God has bestowed upon the composer’s own life.


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