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Music in East Africa : Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture - Gregory Barz

Music in East Africa

Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

Paperback Published: 26th February 2004
ISBN: 9780195141528
Number Of Pages: 160

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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.

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:

ISBN: 9780195141528
ISBN-10: 0195141520
Series: Global Music Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 26th February 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.9  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.2

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