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Voice of My People

M. Roger Holland, II

Published with the approval of the CDW, USCCB. Eng. © 1969, 1981, 1997, 2010 ICEL. Swahili © 2016 Kenya CCB, St. Paul Communications/Daughters of St. Paul. Span. tr. © 1970, 1972 Conferencia Episcopal Española. Setting © 2023 GIA.


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Vocal Forces: SATB, Priest, Cantor, Solo, Assembly

Accompaniment: Piano

Guitar: Yes

Separate Instruments: Guitar, Bass, Percussion

Text Source: Revised Order of Mass 2010; Lectionary for Mass; Misale ya Kiroma (Kiswahili Roman Missal); Spanish Gospel Verse, Leccionario Edición Hispanoamericana

Series: Mass

Difficulty Level: M


A ground-breaking Mass setting, Voice of My People explores the various ways in which musical genres within the African diaspora articulate the cultural expressions of Blackness. Composer M. Roger Holland II has unified the various parts of the Mass not with a melodic motif, but with the understanding that Black people are not monolithic in their understanding of self or cultural expression.


Each Mass movement highlights a different musical style reflecting the African diaspora: gospel, jazz, chant, reggaetón, Afro Cuban music, and R&B. The Sanctus (Mtakatifu) is set in Kiswahili to represent African language and culture. A truly beautiful expression of the diversity of the Black Catholic Church!

Categories: African American, Choral/Vocal, Liturgical

Scored for: Mixed Ensemble, Percussion, Strings

Number of Pages: 60

Language: English; Greek; Latin; Spanish; Swahili

Format: Softcover