Welcome to African Composers Edition (ACE), an online publisher of sheet music from southern Africa. The available editions are listed below.
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.
This is the first ACE complete critical edition, of works by Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa.
There are 145 works by Mohapeloa now available as PDF scores in staff notation or in staff notation plus tonic solfa – 289 scores altogether, including two versions of almost every work. The works are grouped into six volumes, and you can freely download the short Prefaces that explain what is in each vol. by clicking on the links below. (I or Ia refers to the staff or solfa version of the volume. The Prefaces for each version are essentially the same.)