Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture / Edition 1

Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture / Edition 1

by Gregory Barz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195141520

ISBN-13: 9780195141528

Pub. Date: 02/26/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Music in East Africa is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which

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Music in East Africa is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.
Music in East Africa introduces readers to the various ways in which historical music traditions and present-day musical performances either collide, fuse, or remain mutually exclusive in contemporary East Africa. Through descriptions of performances and case studies that detail the lives of individual musicians, Gregory Barz shows how people in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania create, dance to, and interact with traditional East African music. Focusing on specific contexts in which music is integrated into the everyday lives of individuals and communities, Music in East Africa considers the significance of music for people as they negotiate the world around them. It looks at the defining principle of musical performance in East Africa—how drumming (and the playing of other musical instruments), singing, dancing, and drama are deeply connected to traditional cultures. The book highlights the importance of individual musicians as specialized members of communities and describes the role of musical performances in such social systems as popular entertainment and religious rituals. It also shows how traditional East African music and performance has responded to modernization, colonization, commercialism, and nationalism.
Featuring vivid illustrations and eyewitness accounts of performances, Music in East Africa incorporates numerous activities that encourage readers to engage with the music. The book is packaged with a 70-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195141528
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/26/2004
Series:
Global Music Series
Edition description:
Book & CD
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Forward
Preface
CD Track List
1. Heating Up!
East Africa
Traditional Music Performance: The Example of Ngoma
What is "Music" in East Africa?
Greetings
Conclusion
2. Traditional Performances in Two Villages and a Town
Introduction
Case Study #1: Nyanhugi Village, Sukumaland, Tanzania
Case Study #2: Bugwere Village, Busoga Region, Eastern Uganda
Case Study #3: Kisumu Town, Western Kenya
Musical Transcription
Gender and Traditional Music Performance in East Africa
Conclusion
3. Fostering Social Cohesion: Competition and Traditional Musical Performance
Introduction: Competition as Social Cohesion
Case Study #1: Bulabo in Sukumaland, Tanzania
Bufumu
Bagaalu and Bagiika Dance Societies
Samba
Changes and Adaption in Bulabo
Case Study #2: Choir Competitions in Dar es Salaam
Vignette 1: The Initial Evangelical Encounter
Vignette 2: The Emergence of Tanzanian Voices
Vignette 3: A Postcolonial Moment
Conclusion
4. Individuals in East African Musical Worlds: Gideon Mdegella and Centurio Balikoowa
Introduction
Vignette 1: Gideon Mdegella
Vignette 2: Centurio Balikoowa
Communities and Musical Specialists
Gideon Mdegella: "Mwalimu"
Mwalimu wa Kwaya: Ritual-Musical Specialists in the Tanzanian Luteran Church
"I Am Able to See Very Far, but I Am Unable to Reach There"
Mdegella and "First-Class Music"
Centurio Balikoowa
Background
Musical Instruments
Endere (Flute)
Endingidi (Tubefiddle)
Construction of the Endingidi
Ntongooli (Bowl Lyre)
Personal History
Conclusion
5. Situating Traditional Music within Modernity
Introduction
Vignette: Anthems and Identity
Case Study #1: Mu Kkubo Ery 'Omusaalaba
Basic Tenets of Kiganda Traditional Music
Issue of Timbre
Drumming
Issue of Interlocking Patterns
Case Study #2: "The Roots of Benga"
D.O. Misiani, the "King" of Benga
Conclusion: Popular versus Traditional—"Modernity Happened!"
6. Cooling Down!
Introduction
Traditional Music and the Interrelation of the Arts in East Africa
Glossary
Resources
Index

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