Reflection – African Sanctus

The composer of African Sanctus, David Fanshawe, was fascinated by world music so, after completing his studies, he travelled up the Nile visiting Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya over a three-year period. He brought a small stereo tape recorder on his journey and would persuade local musicians to play for him so when he returned to the United Kingdom in 1972 he had several hundreds of hours of recordings made during his travels which formed the basis and inspiration for composing what became his best known work.

This is the Lord’s Prayer from African Sanctus and I find the familiar words presented in a totally new way inspired by the African recordings incredibly uplifting and moving.