Lituolone: An African Music Drama | WIncher Thurston School, City Campus | Theater | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Lituolone: An African Music Drama

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The Southern African myth of Lituolone tells the ironic story of a chief whose heroic act of rescuing humanity from the belly of a monster caused him to be feared. Having grown weary of regularly escaping death plots, he eventually surrendered himself, after which his heart became a bird. Now, for the first time, this compelling myth has been musically dramatized by composer, Africanist ethnographer, and performing artist, William D. Banks, whose unique retelling combines vivid poetry and dynamic characterization set against an ever-shifting harmonic palette rooted in African musical traditions.

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