David Fanshawe, who died on July 5 aged 68, was the composer of African Sanctus, an inspirational work that blended the liturgy of the Latin Mass with sounds that he recorded on his travels throughout the continent; since it was first heard in 1972 this thrilling collision of musical cultures has proved to be extraordinarily popular with choral societies and audiences around the world.

R.I.P. David Arthur Fanshawe, composer and musicologist, born 19 April 1942; died 5 July 2010

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