Kiran - A Kwela for Caitlin


'A Kwela For Caitlin' is a Grade 4, classical piano piece composed by Richard Michael and released in 2018.

'Kwela' is a penny whistle-based street music from Southern Africa that evolved from Marabi music, and brought South African music to the international arena in the 1950s.  It became popular in Africa as the penny whistle was cheap and portable, and was easily learned due to the prevalence of flute instruments popular in traditional folk music.

Kwela has a distinctive, skiffle-like beat with jazz derivatives and was popularised by artists such as Spokes Mashiyane, Donald Kachamba, and Aaron 'Big Voice Jack' Lerole.

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