*** World Harmony Chorus ***

Selected Repertoire - mp3 files

Capullito De Alelí recorded at SF Free Folk Festival, Jun 20, 2009
Capullito De Alelí is a well-known guaracha from Puerto Rico, that is also popular in the Cuban danzó tradition. Our version is based on a choral arrangement by the Puerto Rican choral director Rubén Colón Tarrats.
I'm Troubled About My Soul recorded at East Bay Friends & Family concert, Jun 22, 2009
I'm Troubled About My Soul is a Negro spiritual that was recorded in 1937 by Alan Lomax, who collected American folk music for the Library of Congress. Our song is based on the version sung by Lillie Knox, from South Carolina.
Se Tu Sapessi Lu Male recorded at Mtn View Friends & Family concert, Jun 21, 2009
Se Tu Sapessi Lu Male is a song from Corsica. Normally sung in just three voices, our choral version attempts to imitate the spontaneous harmonization of the Corsican singing tradition.
Mkhedruli recorded at SF Free Folk Festival, Jun 17, 2007
Mkhedruli is a horseman's song from the Imereti region of the Republic of Georgia. The word Mkhedruli has several meanings: it is a term for a soldier's dance, and it is the name of the secular Georgian alphabet, which was developed in the 12th century.
Malena recorded at SF Free Folk Festival, Jun 26, 2006
Malena is a very famous tango in Argentina. It was written by Homero Manzi in 1942 as a tribute to a singer that he once heard, and was set to music by Lucio Demare. Anibal Troilo and Francisco Fiorentino were the first to record it.
Dindirin, Dindirin recorded at SF Free Folk Festival, Jun 27, 2004
Dindirin, Dindirin comes from the 16th century Spanish collection, Manuscript Colombino. Scholars differ about its origin, though the language of the text seems to be derived from Castillian, French, and Catalan.
Il Est Bel Et Bon/Can't Buy Me Love recorded at SF Free Folk Festival, Jun 27, 2004
Il Est Bel Et Bon is a 15th century Frech madrigal composed by Pierre Passereau. Can't Buy Me Love is a 20th century English madrigal composed John Lennon and Paul McCartney (arranged by Keith Abbs and Daniel Steinberg).
Durme, Durme recorded at SF Free Folk Festival, Jun 26, 2006
Durme, Durme is one of the most well-known Sephardic folk songs. Sung in the Ladino language, it is a lullaby about a mother singing "Shema Yisrael" to her child.

Shema Yisrael is an ancient Hebrew prayer, sung in many forms and variations throughout the world.

Isla Mujeres recorded at SF Free Folk Festival, Jun 26, 2006
Isla Mujeres was composed and recorded by the Andalucian guitarist Javier Ruibal on his 2001 recording Las Damas Primeras (and re-released in 2003 on Sahara). It is a modern flamenco song, with some North African influences.
La Negra Tomasa (Bilongo) recorded at SF Free Folk Festival, Jun 27, 2004
La Negra Tomasa is a very popular Cuban song, also known as Bilongo in the salsa repertoire. Composed by Guillermo Rodríguez Fife, it has been arranged for small ensembles, salsa bands, and a cappella choirs.  Daniel combined elements from several different Cuban vocal arrangements in order to produce the version we sing in WHC.
Trgnala e Malka Moma recorded at SF Free Folk Festival, Jun 27, 2004
Trgnala e Malka Moma is a village song from Bulgaria, collected by Mary Cay Brass, that is traditionally sung only by women. We added a bass part and alto harmony.
A Sto Cemo recorded at SF Free Folk Festival, Jun 26, 2006
A Sto Cemo is a song from Croatia. Not a traditional village song, it comes from the urban music scene: the Croatian equivalent of "Country Western music," says Moira Smiley whose arrangement we sing.
A Psalm of Life recorded at Berkeley Friends & Family Night, Jun 17, 2003
A Psalm of Life is a musical setting of a Longfellow poem.  Pete Sutherland learned it from a Indiana fiddler and singer named Lotus Dickey, who had learned it from his father.  Pete brought it to his band, Metamora, with Malcolm Dalglish and Grey Larsen, in the 1980's.  Malcolm later arranged it for his ensemble, the Ooolites, and our arrangement is derived from that.
Pelo Tsa Rona recorded at Berkeley Friends & Family Night, Jun 17, 2003
Pelo Tsa Rona is a South African Freedom song, in the Setswana language. The basic arrangement and words are from Freedom is Coming, a collection of South African songs published by Anders Nyberg.
Vamudara recorded at Mountain View Friends & Family Night, Jun 18, 2001
The original version of Vamudara comes from Dumisame "Dumi" Maraire, a Zimbabwean musician who taught marimba and mbira in Seattle for many years.  We added a soprano harmony and low bass part, as well as the break section, inspired by the rumbatradition of electric afro-pop music that is very popular in Zimbabwe.
Sto Mi e Milo recorded at Mountain View Friends & Family Night, Jun 18, 2001
Sto Mi e Milo is a popular village song from Macedonia.  We added a tenor part. 
Santa Lucia recorded at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, Jun 10, 2001
Our setting of Santa Lucia was arranged by Dina Staro, and Italian folklorist who visited in Oct, 2000.  The song comes from northern Italy, where the tradition is for people to join in after a lead voice begins each verse.