In adapting the west African saying,"it takes a village to raise a child," I sought to embody the cultural concept behind this proverb—that it is truly all the individual parts linked and working together that create and support the whole. The four vocal rhythms in the main portion of the work, each with its own character and function, are essential to creating the unique energy and movement of "Village." Only when they are sung together does a truly joyful spirit arrive.
|SBMP 328||SSAA, hand drum, shekere||3:50||$2.05||https://joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.advantagelabs.com/files/audio_samples/It%20Takes%20A%20Village%20SSAA.mp3||Publisher Link|
|SBMP 331||SATB, hand drum, shekere||3:50||$2.15||https://joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.advantagelabs.com/files/SBMP%20331%20It%20Takes%20a%20Village.mp3||Publisher Link|
|SBMP 1127||TTBB, hand drum, shekere||3:50||$2.05||Publisher Link|
Since its "break out" performance at the 2005 ACDA National Conference by the University of Delaware Chorale directed Dr. Paul Head, "It Takes a Village" has received countless performances across North America. It is Joan Szymko's most frequently performed sung work. It's infectious energy is joyous and communicates the strength of community.