The Garland Handbook of African Music / Edition 2

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The Garland Handbook of African Music is comprised of essays from The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Volume 1, Africa, (1997). Revised and updated, the essays offer detailed, regional studies of the different musical cultures of Africa and examine the ways in which music helps to define the identity of this particular area.

Part One provides an in-depth introduction to Africa. Part Two focuses on issues and processes, such as notation and oral tradition, dance in communal life, and intellectual property. Part Three focuses on the different regions, countries, and cultures of Africa with selected regional case studies.

The second edition has been expanded to include exciting new scholarship that has been conducted since the first edition was published. Questions for Critical Thinking at the end of each major section guide and focus attention on what musical and cultural issues arise when one studies the music of Africa -- issues that might not occur in the study of other musics of the world. An accompanying audio compact disc offers musical examples of some of the music of Africa.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415961028
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/25/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Stone is Associate Vice Provost for Research and Laura Boulton Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the African Studies Program at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Table of Contents

Audio Examples
Contributing Authors
Pt. 1 Introduction to African Music 1
Profile of Africa 2
African Music in a Constellation of Arts 7
Exploring African Music 13
Pt. 2 Issues and Processes in African Music 23
Notation and Oral Tradition 24
Dance in Communal Life 43
Islam in Liberia 51
The Guitar in Africa 74
Kru Mariners and Migrants of the West African Coast 94
Latin American Musical Influences in Zaire 107
Popular Music in Africa 113
Pt. 3 Regional Case Studies 137
West Africa: An Introduction 140
Yoruba Popular Music 169
North Africa: An Introduction 188
Tuareg Music 206
East Africa: An Introduction 230
Music in Tanzania 243
Central Africa: An Introduction 260
Musical Life in the Central African Republic 291
Southern Africa: An Introduction 310
Popular Music in South Africa 333
Glossary 355
A Guide to Publications on African Music 365
A Guide to Recordings of African Music 373
A Guide to Films and Videos 377
Notes on the Audio Examples 379
Index 383
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    I've never had this happen to me before, but the CD that came wi

    I've never had this happen to me before, but the CD that came with the book is blank somehow. (It has the book title on the top, but I don't think any tracks were ever written to it because it's being read as blank on my computer.) Every time I try to play it on my laptop, it asks me if I want to burn a cd... I don't understand how this even happens but its extremely annoying being that I rented this for a music history class that has listening quizzes, and the mp3s aren't available anywhere online. I'd return it but the term starts in a few days. Guess I'm going to lose part of my grade this fall. Thanks. Never renting from B&N again.

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