In 2013 I led a drum circle at a Portland First Unitarian Church event where folks worked on making gifts for members of FUUC's sister church program in Uganda. In preparation, I went looking for traditional Ugandan rhythms to introduce in the circle and came across this Bantu adage: ffe mwe, mwe ffe—"they are us and we are them." — Joan Szymko
"Ffe Mwe Mwe Ffe" begins with a simple unison call, the energy of community coming together for the common good grows with each interwoven and layered rhythm that enters; most important being the drum rhythm, gwanga mujje—"come to my rescue." A soloist then introduces Mahatma Gandhi's inspiring words, "be the change you wish to see" . The message of the work shines brightly: compassion begins when we see ourselves in each "other. " Premiered by Aurora Chorus in December, 2013.
The TTTBBB verison was created for professional ensemble, Cantus, especially for their 2016 concert series, "Will You Harbor Me."
|JS-053||SSAA, hand drum||3:15||$2.75||https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.com/files/audio_samples/14%20Ffe%20Mwe%2C%20Mwe%20Ffe%20%20Sun.mp3|
|JS-053DPDF download||SSAA, hand drum||3:15||$2.00|
|JS-053MX||SATB, hand drum||3:15||$2.75||https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.com/files/audio_samples/VMP053-MX%20audio.mp3|
|JS-053MXDPDF downloaddigital download||SATB, hand drums||3:15||$2.00|
|JS-053.1Dpercussion part (3 players)||$5.00|
|JS-071||TTTBBB, hand drums||3:15||$2.95||https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.com/files/audio_samples/JS-071.Ffe%20Mwe%2C%20Mwe%20Ffe.mp3|
|JS-071DPDF download||TTTBBB, hand drums||$2.25|