The Smoke That Thunders

Andrew Wainwright

Prima Vista Musikk/World of Brass
Price: £34.95.  ORDER HERE

This piece tells the story of the journey that led David Livingstone to discover Victoria Falls.

Starting out in optimistic fashion with the Scottish folk song, “A man’a a man for a”, which Livingstone reportedly hummed on his travels, the mood changes to describe battles with local African tribes who were suspicious of his motives. A reflective section ensues, describing the doubts that Livingstone had about continuing his mission, epitomized by the hymn, “Lord, send me anywhere”, written by Livingstone himself. The final section describes Livingstone’s journey along the Zambezi River and his elation at the discovery of the magnificent Victoria Falls, known locally as “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, The Smoke That Thunders.