Morehouse College Department of Music
Sub-Saharan Africa Commissioning Project
In the Fall of 2018, the Morehouse College Music Department issued a call for Nigerian composers to submit applications for our third annual commission with support from the Associated Colleges of the South (colleges.org). This project builds on the Morehouse College Glee Club’s reputation of performing African choral music under the direction of Wendell Whalum, Uzee Brown, Jr., and David Morrow. Our third commission follows two excellent commissions in 2018 (offered with matching support from Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society) by Dr. Laz Ekwueme, and 2017, by Mr. Jude Nwankwo.
In November 2018, Ayọ̀ Olúrántí was selected as the recipient of the award. Dr. Olúrántí is a Professor and Head of the Department of Music at Mountain Top University in Nigeria.
Dr. Olúrántí was commissioned to write a three- to five-minute piece for TTBB (male-voice) choir on secular themes in one of Nigeria’s roughly 500 languages. He selected the Yorùbá language and the title of the new work is “Ọmọlúàbí”.
The premiere of “Ọmọlúàbí” took place on April 17, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. in Morehouse College’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center. To watch the performance of the piece, please click here. A short explanation of the piece by the composer can be accessed here.