Music by William G. Harbinson
Alfred Concert Band
Mandjiani is based on a number of compositional techniques common to the music of Africa. Among the techniques employed are "call and response," layering independent lines to create complex textures, parallel voice leading, diatonic harmonies, and invigorating cross rhythms. Mandjiani is the name of the ostinato rhythmic pattern that appears in the work and persists until the end of the composition.