Female Song Tradition and the Akan of Ghana: The Creative Process in Nnwonkoro / Edition 1

Female Song Tradition and the Akan of Ghana: The Creative Process in Nnwonkoro / Edition 1

by Kwasi Ampene
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754631478

ISBN-13: 9780754631477

Pub. Date: 10/15/2005

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

"Nnwonkoro is a genre of women's song found among the Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana. It has become a hybrid musical form, incorporating songs and dance movements based on traditional practices alongside others reflecting Christian influence. Nnwonkoro groups perform regularly at funerals, on state occasions, for entertainment, and even in church." In common with…  See more details below

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"Nnwonkoro is a genre of women's song found among the Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana. It has become a hybrid musical form, incorporating songs and dance movements based on traditional practices alongside others reflecting Christian influence. Nnwonkoro groups perform regularly at funerals, on state occasions, for entertainment, and even in church." In common with other Akan musical traditions, Nnwonkoro is transmitted orally and aurally. Based on extensive fieldwork in the Asanti and Bono Ahafo regions, and featuring many transcriptions of songs, this book investigates the nature of composition in oral culture, together with issues such as the scope of the poetic imagination and the transformation processes that accompany modernization. This study illuminates the musical style of nnwonkoro in a way which, it is hoped, will facilitate future comparative study of African songs. A CD recording is included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754631477
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
10/15/2005
Series:
SOAS Musicology Series
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1The Akan song tradition of Nnwonkoro : a historical overview17
2Motivations for the creative process41
3Compositional conventions of Nnwonkoro songs51
4Models of form and style127
5The creative process and context155
6Contemporary issues181
App. AList of Nnwonkoro groups existing in Asante and Bono Ahafo regions in 1998205

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