The Drums of Vodou

The Drums of Vodou

by Lois Wilcken
     
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780941677165
Publisher:
White Cliffs Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/15/1993
Series:
Performance in World Music Series, #7
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments7
Foreword9
Preface11
Ch. 1Social and Historical Context17
The Historical Context of Vodou17
Revolution and the Making of a Vodou Culture18
Burning the Drums: Anti-Vodou Campaigns19
The Folkloric Movement20
Vodou Drumming in New York21
The Religious Context21
The Belief System21
The Servants, the Temple, the Rites25
Ch. 2The Instruments29
Physical Characteristics29
Drums30
The Rada Battery32
The Petwo Battery33
The Kongo Timbal35
Rare and Obsolete Drums36
Vodou Drums in New York38
The Ogan, or Iron Gong40
Sacred Rattles: The Ason and the Tchatcha41
Miscellaneous Instruments42
The Lanbi: Conch Trumpet of the Sea God42
Petwo Sounds: The Whistle and the Whip43
Spiritual Characteristics44
Outo, the Spirit of the Drums44
Rituals for the Drums45
Baptism46
The Journey to Ife46
The Role of Drums in Spirit Possession47
Ch. 3The Rhythms49
General Features49
Pulse and the Time Span49
Meter, Polymeter, or None of the Above51
Tempo51
Form52
The Cyclical Nature of Vodou Rhythm52
Breaking the Cycle: The Kase52
Technique and Timbre53
Tuning54
Notating the Vodou Rhythmic Patterns55
Analysis of the Rhythms59
Yanvalou59
Transcriptions of the Rhythms62
Ch. 4Song and Dance92
Song92
Spiritual Considerations92
The Origins of Songs92
Song Specialists and the Choir93
The Sacred Texts93
Physical Characteristics94
Scale95
Phrasing95
Call-and-Response Form96
Meter98
Dance102
Origins of the Dances102
Classification103
Ritual Function104
Descriptions of the Dances104
Ch. 5On Becoming a Master Drummer109
Ch. 6Conclusion113
Notes117
Glossary120
Notes on the Spelling of Kreyol Words122
Bibliography123
Discography125
Filmography125
Index126

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