Focus: Music of South Africa / Edition 2

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Focus: Music of South Africa provides an in-depth look at the full spectrum of South African music, a musical culture that epitomizes the enormous ethnic, religious, linguistic, class, and gender diversity of the nation itself. Drawing on extensive field and archival research, as well as her own personal experiences, noted ethnomusicologist and South African native Carol A. Muller looks at how South Africans have used music to express a sense of place in South Africa, on the African continent, and around the world: Part I, Creating Connections, provides introductory materials for the study of South African Music. Part II, Twentieth-Century Musical Styles: Music in Migration, moves to a more focused overview of significant musical styles in twentieth-century South Africa-particularly those known through world circuits. Part III, Focusing In, takes the reader into the heart of two musical cultures with case studies on South African jazz and the music of the Zulu-language followers of Isaiah Shembe. The accompanying CD offers vivid examples of traditional, popular, and classical South African musical styles.

About the Author:
Carol A. Muller is Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at the University of Pennsylvania

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rich in detail and highly focused, this is the most thorough resource on South African music available to date." —CHOICE

Easily accessible and thoroughly researched, this publication gives a fine introduction to South African music.

—-Santie de Jongh, Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415960694
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Focus on World Music Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Ann Muller is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Series Foreword Michael B.Bakan Bakan, Michael B.

Pt. I Creating Connections 1

1 South African Music: The Lion Sleeps Tonight 5

2 Twentieth-Century Political History 23

3 Twentieth-Century Entertainment History: Live and Mediated 33

4 Graceland (1986): World Music Collaboration 53

Pt. II Twentieth-Century Musical Styles: Music in Migration 71

5 Representing the Past in South African Music 75

6 South African Music: Brief Definitions 83

7 Labor Migration: Isicathamiya 99

8 Labor Migration: Maskanda 113

9 Labor Migration: Gumboot Dance 129

Pt. III Focusing In: Two Case Studies 264

First Case Study: Cape Jazz 157

10 Post-World War II Cape Town 157

11 Sathima Bea Benjamin's Cape Town: Popular Culture in the Post-World War II Era 173

12 Sathima Bea Benjamin as Jazz Musician 185

Second Case Study: Shembe Hymns 203

13 Mission Hymns and the Founding of the Shembe Community 203

14 Shembe Hymns 227

15 Final Reflections 261

Appendices 269

1 A Guide to African Music: A Music of Encounters, North, South, East, and West 269

2 Key Dates in South African History 275

3 Selected Websites and Guide to Recordings: South Africa and Its Music 281

4 Themes Common to the Study of African Music: 1980s to Present 295

5 Discussion of Musical Examples on CD 299

Glossary 311

References 315

Notes 323

Index 327

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