Composer:   Alberto Grau
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   earthsongs
Edition:   W-33
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella


Kathy Romey
University of Minnesota 1998
R&R Chair College & University

Kasar mie la gaji was written for an international mobilization to save the earth, in an effort to raise consciousness regarding the problems of the environment. The text is from the people of the African Sahel, and means “the earth is tired.” The work is broken into three distinct sections, of which the first and third incorporate short melodic motives combined with rhythms from traditional South American dance music intensified by clapping and stomping. The middle section is a slow lament and utilizes various special effects for a cappella chorus including glissandi, whispering, talking and hissing.