Welcome to African Composers Edition (ACE), an online publisher of sheet music from southern Africa. The available editions are listed below.

Joshua Mohapeloa (28th Mar 1908 – 13th Jan 1982)

This is the first ACE complete critical edition, of works by Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa. Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa (1908-1982) was a member of the Bataung clan, born in Molumong in the eastern mountains of Lesotho on 28 March 1908. He was the third generation of a family converted to Christianity in the 19th century by the Swiss-French protestant missionaries from the Société des Missions Evangéliques chez les peuples non-chrétiens á Paris(SMEP), known in English as the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society (PEMS). Joshua Pulumo was the grandson of Rev Joel Mohapeloane Mohapeloa and his father was also Rev. Mohapeloa. Aside from some years in Johannesburg (1938-1943) J.P. Mohapeloa spent most of his life in Morija in the western lowlands of Lesotho.

Surendran Reddy (9th Mar 1962 – 22nd Jan 2010)

A performing edition of Surendran Reddy’s works (with many free recordings).

Surendran Reddy was a composer and pianist whose 100+ compositions represent a turbulent period in South Africa’s history, from the end of apartheid through the transitional 1990s to the post-apartheid 2000s. Trained as a classical pianist and harpsichordist, Reddy later became a jazz pianist, developing a crossover style that he called ‘clazz’, a style that relates to but is substantially unlike other fusion styles. His music often includes improvisatory passages. Reddy uses the township rhythms and harmonies of ‘mbaqanga’ and frequently quotes the African anthem ‘Nkosi Sikel’ i Afrika [God Bless Africa] and other tunes that were politically significant during 1980s and 90s South Africa.

Reddy’s works cover many genres – theatre music, dance, choral music, electronic music, chamber music and music for solo instruments – and several instruments: classical piano, jazz piano, organ, flute, clarinet, bassoon, voice, jazz ensemble, Indian tabla.