A Song of Longing: An Ethiopian Journey

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Overview

In 1973 Kay Kaufman flew to Ethiopia to do research on music in the villages of the Beta Israel, often called the Falasha or Ethiopian Jews. In A Song of Longing, she reveals how two events, her marriage to a Sephardic Jew in Addis Ababa and the cataclysmic Ethiopian revolution, not only complicated her life but unexpectedly made it possible for her to unravel the complexities of the Beta Israel liturgy and music.
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Library Journal
This narrative offers a rich, descriptive account of the author's study of Ethiopian music and culture from 1973 to 1975. Shelemay's study of the sacred music of Beta Israel and Ethiopian Christian musical traditions emanates from numerous ethnographic sources, including field notes, journals, correspondence, and memory. Those who enjoy reading tales of perseverance will appreciate learning of the author's struggles as she, her husband, and other members of the Adenite Jewish community in Addis Ababa adjusted to the Ethiopian revolution's immediate impact. The author presents extraordinary personal experiences that shaped her research process and makes reading this text pleasurable.-- LaDonne Roberts, Mississippi State Univ. Lib., Mississippi State
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In 1973, Kay Kaufman flew to Ethiopia to do research on music in the villages of the Beta Israel, often called the Falasha or Ethiopian Jews. She here reveals how two events--her marriage to a Sephardic Jew in Addis Ababa and the cataclysmic Ethiopian revolution--not only complicated her life but unexpectedly made it possible for her to unravel the complexities of the Beta Israel liturgy and music. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252064326
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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