Mande Music: Traditional and Modern Music of the Maninka and Mandinka of Western Africa / Edition 2

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Overview

With Mande Music, Eric Charry offers the most comprehensive source available on one of Africa's richest and most sophisticated music cultures. Using resources as disparate as early Arabic travel accounts, oral histories, and archival research as well as his own extensive studies in Mali, Guinea, Senegal, and the Gambia, Charry traces this music culture from its origins in the thirteenth-century Mali empire to the recording studios of Paris and New York. He focuses on the four major spheres of Mande music—hunter's music, music of the jelis or griots, jembe and other drumming, and guitar-based modern music—exploring how each evolved, the types of instruments used, the major artists, and how each sphere relates to the others.

With its maps, illustrations, and musical transcriptions as well as an exhaustive bibliography, discography, and videography, this book is essential reading for those seeking an in-depth look at one of the most exciting, innovative, and deep-rooted phenomena on the world music scene. A compact disc is available separately.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226101613
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 531
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Charry is an associate professor of music at Wesleyan University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations List of Tables Acknowledgments Technical Notes Transcription Guide and Rhythm Concepts

Introduction Performers Performance Instruments

Repertories Tuning and Scales Playing Techniques and Styles Languages and Neighboring Peoples Islam and Mande Music Traditional and Modern
1. The Mande
West African Prehistory Ancient Ghana (Wagadu)
Mali Kabu European Contact, the Colonial Encounter, and Independence Nyamakala and Notions of a Mande Class System Mande Aesthetics and the Creative Artist: The Ngara Conclusion
2. Hunter's Music
Performers and Performance Hunter's Harps

Simbi Repertory Simbi and Donso Ngoni Tuning Simbi Playing Technique and Style Conclusion
3. Jeliya
Performers and Performance Jeli Instruments The Repertory of Jeliya Jeli Tuning Systems Playing Techniques and Styles Conclusion
4. Drumming
Performers and Performance Jembe Dundun, Sangba, and Kenkeni Tama Mandinka Kutiro/Tangtango Ensemble Conclusion
5. The Guitar and the Modern Era
Performers and Recordings Repertories of Modern Music Guitar Tuning Guitar Playing Styles

Conclusion
6. Music Terminology
Julu, Dònkili, Fasa
The Many Uses of Ben (Agreement)
Terminology for Pitch Height Rhythm Conclusion
7. Perspectives
Identity Methods When a Context Modernizes Mande Ways of Learning Music, Ways of Learning Mande Music When Teaching Westernizes Conclusion Manden Te Banna Appendix A: References Related to Mande Music in Historical Sources from the Eleventh to the Mid-Nineteenth Century Appendix B: Keys to Vocalists, Musicians, and Their Instruments

Appendix C: Recordings of Traditional and Modern Pieces in Mande Repertories Appendix D: Syliphone Recordings Glossary of African Terms Bibliography Discography

Videography Personal Interviews, Lessons, and Recordings Subject Index Personal Name Index Title Index

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