Koudjay {2008}

Koudjay (recording 1): The Woodlands High School Varsity Treble Choir.
Lynn Bull, Conductor.

Koudjay (recording 2): Bear Creek High School.
Nathan Payant, Conductor.

Koudjay (recording 3): Miami Children’s Chorus.
Timothy A. Sharp, Conductor.

Koudjay (recording 4): Rockford Women’s Chamber Ensemble.
Mandy Makita-Scott, Conductor.

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( Traducción al Español abajo )

About the work:
This piece features Haitian rhythms and challenging harmonies. The treble setting uses a text about “harmonizing life’s activities” – dance being one. A great festival or concert piece for developing choirs, well worth the preparation efforts!

Practice Tracks and the audio Pronunciation Guide of the Haitian Creole text are below.

English Translation of Haitian Creole text:

A time to plant
A time to harvest
A time to work
A time to party
Today we will rest
Today is party time
Color guards, lead on
Musicians, rock on

Beat the drums, blow the trumpet
Play the violin and clarinet
Musicians, singers, let’s rock on
Let’s sing, danse meringue and kalinda
Today is the big feast
We’ll party like there’s no tomorrow
Without danger, nor fear
We’ll sing and dance
As life requires it…

(See complete Text and Translation below.)



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Text / English Translation / Traducción al Español

Practice Tracks

If you would like to download mp3 files of these tracks, email me and I will send you a link to them:

Midi Playback

Soprano 1

Soprano 2


Pronunciation Guide

Pronunciation Guide