Mammals of Southern Africa

for piano trio

Rob Fokkens

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Composer Rob Fokkens
Year of Composition 2011
Duration 14'30"
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Catalogue ID ce-rf1mosa1


Few things are as emblematic of Africa in the non-African imagination as its animals. Of course, very few South Africans ever see any of these animals in their daily lives, though many of us have been privileged to encounter them – or at least some of them – on holiday in our game reserves. My old joke to European friends about my pet elephant and lions roaming the streets is wearing rather thin now, though I suspect it may have been threadbare to start with. But perhaps somehow the fact that we can visit Hermanus and see Southern Right Whales so close to the shore, or that we can – remarkably – still see hippos in the Rondevlei Nature Reserve, surrounded though it is by suburban Cape Town, or that, with a bit of free time, determination and a large dollop of luck you may even see lions and leopards in the wild not too many hours out of many of our major cities – perhaps this does somehow affect us and our ways of thinking in some way.

But then again, perhaps it doesn’t.