Siyahamba (We Are Marching) – Sung in Zulu & English
Included are teaching/programming notes that will help to create a more authentic and interactive performance.
Siyahamba (We Are Marching), written by Andries Van Tonder is a South African song, sung in the language of Zulu.
Siyahamb’ ekukhanyeni kwenkos’ – We are marching in the light of God.
This “folk” piece belongs to the people of South Africa. It is part of their culture, their struggle, and their unity. There have been many westerners who have tried to put this “live” work onto manuscript. Since the piece has been passed on from generation to generation, it is not static; notes, rhythms, and exactness are less important than singing with truth passion, spirit, joy, determiniation, and unity. This, above all else, is what makes Siyahamba a special piece, and one worth sharing. Please enjoy and share with the world!
Adam Paltrowitz is a master educator, composer, conductor, and clinician.
During his 20-year tenure as the Director of Choral Activities at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in New York, his groups have toured throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States.
He also has pioneered a philosophy that every student is a soloist. Adam’s choral program has also gained great acclaim for the cultivation of eight student-run a-cappella ensembles; some of these ensembles have performed on national and local television programs. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by choirs around the world.
Adam earned his B.S. in music education from New York University, M.A. in vocal pedagogy from Columbia University – Teacher’s College, and Ed.M. choral conducting from Columbia University – Teacher’s College.
Adam resides in Manhattan with his wife, Blair Goldberg, a professional Broadway actress, and their daughter, Lyla.