Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

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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 ...

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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780195141511
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Global Music Series
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Vanderbilt University
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
CD Track List
1 Heating Up! 1
East Africa 1
Traditional Music Performance: The Example of Ngoma 4
What is "Music" in East Africa? 5
Greetings 8
2 Traditional Performances in Two Villages and a Town 16
Case Study #1: Nyanhugi Village, Sukumaland, Tanzania 18
Case Study #2: Bugwere Village, Busoga Region, Eastern Uganda 25
Case Study #3: Kisumu Town, Western Kenya 33
Gender and Traditional Music Performance in East Africa 37
3 Fostering Social Cohesion: Competition and Traditional Musical Performance 40
Introduction: Competition as Social Cohesion 40
Case Study #1: Bulabo in Sukumaland, Tanzania 41
Bufumu 47
Bagaalu and Bagiika Dance Societies 47
Samba 48
Changes and Adaptation in Bulabo 49
Case Study #2: Choir Competitions in Dar es Salaam 52
Vignette 1: The Initial Evangelical Encounter 53
Vignette 2: The Emergence of Tanzanian Voices 55
Vignette 3: A Postcolonial Moment 56
4 Individuals in East African Musical Worlds: Gideon Mdegella and Centurio Balikoowa 59
Vignette 1: Gideon Mdegella 62
Vignette 2: Centurio Balikoowa 63
Communities and Musical Specialists 63
Gideon Mdegella: "Mwalimu" 64
Centurio Balikoowa 75
5 Situating Traditional Music within Modernity 89
Vignette: Anthems and Identity 90
Case Study #1: Mu Kkubo Ery 'Omusaalaba 101
Case Study #2: "The Roots of Benga" 108
D. O. Misiani, the "King" of Benga 111
Conclusion: Popular versus Traditional - "Modernity Happened!" 114
6 Cooling Down! 118
Traditional Music and the Interrelation of the Arts in East Africa 118
Glossary 124
Resources 126
Index 137
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