Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 1: Africa

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Explores key themes in African music that have emerged in recent years-a subject usually neglected in country-by-country coverage emphasizes the contexts of musical performance-unlike studies that offer static interpretations isolated from other performing traditions presents the fresh insights and analyses of musicologists and anthropologists of diverse national origins-African, Asian, European, and American

Charts the flow and influence of music. The Encyclopedia also charts ...

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Overview

Explores key themes in African music that have emerged in recent years-a subject usually neglected in country-by-country coverage emphasizes the contexts of musical performance-unlike studies that offer static interpretations isolated from other performing traditions presents the fresh insights and analyses of musicologists and anthropologists of diverse national origins-African, Asian, European, and American

Charts the flow and influence of music. The Encyclopedia also charts the musical interchanges that followed the movement of people and ideas across the continent, including:
cross-regional musical influences throughout Africa
• Islam and its effect on African music
• spread of guitar music
• Kru mariners of Liberia
• Latin American influences on African music
• musical interchanges in local contexts
• crossovers between popular and traditional practices. Audio CD included. Also includes nine maps and 96 music examples.

"Garland's ambitious 10-volume series takes a cultural approach to its focus on the music of all the world's peoples. Each volume is arranged topically, regionally, or by ethnic group, and complemented by an extensive index. Although each volume will differ because of the nature of the material, the organization remains consistent throughout all: regional overviews first; music in the social context next; then finally, the musical traditions of individual countries or ethnic groups. Of exceptional value are the CDs that accompany each volume, often with previously unrecorded music, as well as the resource guides, extensive bibliographies, and photographs. Separate pricing makes it easy to buy just the volumes that your patrons need and will use."--"Outstanding Rference Sources : the 1999 Selection of New Titles", American Libraries, May 1999. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.

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This first in a planned ten-volume set is not an A-Z reference encyclopedia but 39 original essays by 34 scholars from four continents. They sample philosophies and methodologies of ethnomusicology as well as a large variety of African music and dance practices: ritual, religious, social, popular, art. Some are more gracefully accessible than others, but all are authoritatively based on field work. Essays displaying self-consciousness regarding what ethnomusicologists do, in the early part of the book, give way to articles reviewing broad themes e.g., notation, music as healing, effects of travel and intercultural contact and finally to reports of research in specific African cultures. The layout is handsome, and though there are no footnotes, lists of references cited at the end of each article are long. The index and glossary were not seen, and the accompanying music CD was not heard, but it evidently will contain hard-to-find examples. For academic and large public libraries serving serious students of African music and/or ethnomusicology.Bonnie Jo Dopp, Univ. of Maryland Lib., College Park
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Articles by scholars, performers, composers, and researchers of African music explain how music is made in Africa. After a general profile of the continent and its arts, material turns to themes and ideas that African music cultures have in common and specific musical practices in each region, with chapters on areas such as Yoruba popular music, music and healing, religious music in Kenya, and urban music in the new South Africa. Features a one-hour CD with music examples, plus b&w photos, maps, and discographies. For students, teachers, researchers, musicians, and world music lovers. The first volume in a ten-volume set exploring music of the world. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824060350
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Series , #1
  • Edition description: Includes Audio CD
  • Pages: 872
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Profile of Africa
  • African Music in a Constellation of Arts
  • The Scholarly Study of African Music: A Historical Review
  • The Representation of African Music in Early Documents
  • Identities: Music and Other African Arts
  • Time in African Performance
  • Notation and Oral Tradition
  • Issues of Timbre: The Inanga Chuchotee
  • Compositional Practices in African Music
  • Tumbuka Healing
  • Dance in Communal Life
  • Intra-African Streams of Influence
  • Islam in Liberia
  • The Guitar in Africa
  • Kru Mariners and Migrants of the West African Coast
  • Latin American Musical Influences in Zaire
  • Rural-Urban Interchange: The Anglo-Ewe
  • Foreign-Indigenous Interchange: The Yoruba
  • Popular Music in Africa
  • West Africa: An Introduction
  • Yoruba Popular Music
  • Praise Singing in Northern Sierra Leone
  • Hausa Performance
  • North Africa: An Introduction
  • Music in Sudan
  • Tuareg Music
  • East Africa: An Introduction
  • Music and Poetry in Somalia
  • Music in Kenya
  • Music in Tanzania
  • Central Africa: An Introduction
  • Musical Life in the Central African Republic
  • Southern Africa: An Introduction
  • Harmony in Luvale Music of Zambia
  • Music of the Shona of Zimbabwe
  • Popular Music in South Africa
  • Performance in Madagascar
  • Glossary
  • A Guide to Publications on African Music
  • A Guide to Recordings of African Music
  • A Guide to Films and Videos
  • Notes on the Audio Examples
  • Index
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