Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda

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First Published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Editorial Reviews

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'...he investigates how song texts refer to HIV/AIDS, and how women suffering from HIV/AIDS have become empowered through their music, dance and drama excellent book that should be read by medical professionals, social workers and musicologists.' Lois Ann Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415972895
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/3/2005
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Barz is Assistant Professor of ethnomusicology and anthropology at Vanderbilt University. He lives in Nashville, TN.

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Table of Contents

Prelude : "those who do not listen to our songs and change their behavior will land in problems"
Introduction : "music is taken as a medicine" : singing for life in a time of AIDS 1
Ch. 1 HIV/AIDS, jackfruit, and banana weevils : music and medical interventions in Uganda 9
Interlude 1 Florence Kumunhyu's testimony 40
Ch. 2 "What you sing nourishes your body like food" 41
Interlude 2 "Our problems are bigger than AIDS" : a conversation with Dr. Alex Muganzi Muganga 69
Ch. 3 "No one will listen to us unless we bring our drums!" : AIDS and women's music performance in Uganda 77
Interlude 3 "Stick to one person" : Nawaikoke Village women's ensemble 107
Ch. 4 "Today we have naming of parts" : languaging AIDS through music 109
Interlude 4 Excerpts from an interview with the Bukato youth fellowship 146
Ch. 5 "Singing in a language AIDS can hear" : music, AIDS, and religion 151
Interlude 5 Conversation with Faustus Baziri 171
Ch. 6 Re-memorying memory : HIV/AIDS and the performance of cultural memory 175
Interlude 6 TASO drama group testimonies 210
Conclusion : "getting the message across without music is sometimes shaky" 215
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