Suma Went Walking Audiobook: A Pan-African Symphonic Story
An new African musical piece for children brought by Akoo Books, a publisher and digital distributor of African audiobooks based in Ghana, to introduce them to the individual instruments of the African orchestra and accompany the story ‘Suma Went Walking’, written by Nana Dadson. Each character is represented by an African musical instrument and theme, 10 amazing instruments in all!
It tells the story of a girl, Suma, who takes a walk and meets animals who compare themselves to her. The story is written in English and has been translated to 8 different African languages. The idea of a pan-African symphonic story was inspired by Prokiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’. The motivation behind this prokject is the wish to make a composition that would bring the magic and excitement of African musical instruments to children and provide an exciting new way to engage them with the performance of African music in schools.
Such project facilitate an intercultural dialogue thanks to its translation in multiple languages, bringing to many children knowledge about a significant part of African intangible heritage: music!