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Valerie Coleman - "Umoja" | Oct 1st

Growing up playing the clarinet, I never saw a Black or Brown person playing anything classical on the clarinet, let alone an oboe or bassoon or french horn. Not only is this a beautiful rendition of Valerie Coleman's 'Umojia' (Valerie herself is playing the flute in this video), but a beautiful example of people having fun and communicating non verbally during a performance. 'Umoja' is the Swahili word for 'unity'.

Valerie Coleman was named as one of the top 35 Women Composers by the Washington Post in 2020, and became the first living African American woman composer to be commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Find out more about her on her website