Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions / Edition 1

Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions / Edition 1

by Kofi Agawu, Kofi Agawu
     
 

The aim of this book is to stimulate debate by offering a critique of discourse about African music. Who writes about African music, how, and why? What assumptions and prejudices influence the presentation of ethnographic data? Even the term "African music" suggests there is an agreed-upon meaning, but African music signifies differently to different people. This

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The aim of this book is to stimulate debate by offering a critique of discourse about African music. Who writes about African music, how, and why? What assumptions and prejudices influence the presentation of ethnographic data? Even the term "African music" suggests there is an agreed-upon meaning, but African music signifies differently to different people. This book also poses the question then, "What is African music?" Agawu offers a new and provocative look at the history of African music scholarship that will resonate with students of ethnomusicology and post-colonial studies. He offers an alternative "Afro-centric" means of understanding African music, and in doing so, illuminates a different mode of creativity beyond the usual provenance of Western criticism. This book will undoubtedly inspire heated debate—and new thinking—among musicologists, cultural theorists, and post-colonial thinkers. Also includes 15 musical examples.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415943901
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/16/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Colonialism's Impact1
2The Archive23
3The Invention of "African Rhythm"55
4Polymeter, Additive Rhythm, and Other Enduring Myths71
5African Music as Text97
6Popular Music Defended against Its Devotees117
7Contesting Difference151
8How Not to Analyze African Music173
9The Ethics of Representation199
Epilogue221
Notes225
References241
Index261

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