Pamela Sklar's unaccompanied flute solo, Umoja (Unity in Swahili), is a tribute to peoples globally, especially to those who face situations of much opposition and discord. Umoja is one of the seven symbols of Kwanzaa *, an African harvest festival tradition celebrated in various parts of West and Southeast Africa. The meaning of Umoja inspired Pam to write this music.
* Founded by Maulana Karenga. https://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/ *
Umoja was premiered by Pamela Sklar, flutist and composer in a program performed by Pamela (flute and Native American flute) and Joyce Rasmussen Balint (mandolin and violin) on December 3rd, 2022.