Kwanzaa Suite - A Musical Celebration

by Stan Spottswood

Stan Spottswood, a dynamic music educator and choral director, composer and gospel pianist, has composed nine memorable songs in a variety of styles that shine a musical light on the history and meaning of Kwanzaa. Perfect for winter concerts or Kwanzaa celebrations in school, home or community settings, these songs may be sung individually or, with the included narration, as a complete 35-minute program.

The guide includes:

  • History, meaning and traditions of Kwanzaa
  • Copy-OK resource guide
  • Copy-OK full narration for each song
  • Copy-OK lyric sheets
  • Performance suggestions; Orff instrument parts for some of the songs; movement suggestions; rehearsal suggestions

The Copy-OK Songs: (Accompanied by piano, optional bass and simple percussion, with movement suggestions)

Kwanzaa (a brief history of the celebration) - upbeat contemporary song

Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa) - kinda funky, strong bass riff underneath

Umoja (Unity) - a poignant, soaring ballad with a gospel feel

Kujichagulia (Self Determination) - full easy percussion ensemble with short melody and rap section; optional Orff instrument arrangement

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) - energetic interwoven voices and meaningful rap, hip-hop style

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) - melody with optional Orff instrument arrangement and dramatic improvisation

Nia (Purpose) - syncopated rhythm with a melody evocative of northern Africa

Kuumba (Creativity) - driving percussion and strong melody and propulsive Afro-Caribbean rhythm, with a rap section

Imani (Faith) - a stirring ballad with an R&B feel

The hour-long Audio Recording includes:

  • Part A: A complete performance featuring members of the Appalachian Children's Choir and a combo led by Stan Spottswood.
  • Part B: Exciting Accompaniment tracks featuring the Stan Spottswood Combo
Kwanzaa Suite: A Musical Celebration - Kit with CD
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Song Title
The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa
Umoja (Unity)
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
Nia (Purpose)
Kuumba (Creativity)
Imani (Faith)