Composing the Music of Africa: Composition, Interpretation and Realisation

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The great diversity of music created by African communities is reflected in this book, which discusses the ways in which a wide range of musical forms are composed and performed from Egypt to South Africa and from Ghana to Kenya. As two composers explain here, this diversity provides much inspiration for western contemporary composition.
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Scholars of music and ethnomusicology from Africa, Britain, and Europe present 16 essays discussing broad introductory issues such as composition and melodic and rhythmic aspects of African music generally; the making of "traditional" music in Egypt, Ghana, Uganda, and Kenya; and the changes taking place in music-making, including the consumer-led creation of music in Zanzibar; cross-culturalism among South African composers; and Egyptian composition in the 20th century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859281437
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Studies in Ethnomusicology
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction: Composing the Music of Africa 1
2 Melodic and Rhythmic Aspects of African Music 7
Pt. I The Making of 'Traditional' Musics
Egypt
3 Egyptian Folk Music 21
Ghana
4 The Roots of Ghanaian Composers 29
5 Drumming in Ghana 45
6 The Xylophone Tradition of North-West Ghana 67
Uganda
7 The Making of Karimojong' Cattle Songs 91
8 Embaire Xylophone Music of Samusiri Babalanda 107
Kenya
9 Warrior Composers: Maasai Boys and Men 135
10 New Lyres in Northern Kenya: the Enchamunge of the Samburu and the Kilumba of the Turkana 165
Pt. II The Changing Faces of Music
11 Consumer-led Creation: Taarab Music Composition in Zanzibar 195
12 Kwela: the Structure and Sound of Pennywhistle Music 227
13 Keeping our Ears to the Ground: Cross-Culturalism and the Composer in South Africa, 'Old' and 'New' 265
14 Timbila 291
15 Black - White - Rainbow: a Personal View on what African Music means to the Contemporary Western Composer 295
16 Egyptian Composition in the Twentieth Century 335
Index 353
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