In this episode of Classical Music in Color, Judlyne features Texas native Hannibal Lokumbe, a composer from Bastrop.
Hannibal Lokumbe, an American jazz trumpeter and composer of classical and other forms of music, was born Marvin Peterson in Smithville, Texas. He attended North Texas State University.
His oratorio African Portraits premiered in Carnegie Hall in 1990 with the American Composers Orchestra. It’s been performed 55 times by major orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The work traces the African American experience by combining West African music, blues, jazz, and classical music.
In 2009 he won a Fellow Award in Music from United States Artists. When he’s not traveling, he and his wife Sumai live in Bastrop.