Music in East Africa Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

ISBN-10: 0195141520
ISBN-13: 9780195141528
Edition: 2004
Authors: Gregory F. Barz
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/26/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 7.99" wide x 5.51" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

These captivating case studies include eyewitness accounts of performances, interviews with performers, and vivid illustrations. Each volume is packaged with a 70-minute CD that contains representative examples of the music discussed in the book. Ngoma is the hallmark of music in East Africa and a performance that incorporates drumming, singing, and dancing. Using several towns and villages as examples, this case study discusses how Ngoma performances function as important means of mediating conflicts, solidifying community and ethnicity, and communicating traditional values and social histories.

Timothy J. Cooley is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is the author of Making Music in the Polish Tatras: Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians. He serves as the editor of Ethnomusicology, the journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and is the president of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California Chapter. Gregory Barz is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbuilt University, and the general editor of the African Soundscapes book series. He serves as African Music editor for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and is the author of Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda, and Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture.

Foreword
Preface
CD Track List
Heating Up!
East Africa
Traditional Music Performance: The Example of Ngoma
What is "Music" in East Africa?
Greetings
Conclusion
Traditional Performances in Two Villages and a Town
Introduction
Nyanhugi Village, Sukumaland, Tanzania
Bugwere Village, Busoga Region, Eastern Uganda
Kisumu Town, Western Kenya
Musical Transcription
Gender and Traditional Music Performance in East Africa
Conclusion
Fostering Social Cohesion: Competition and Traditional Musical Performance
Introduction: Competition as Social Cohesion
Bulabo in Sukumaland, Tanzania
Bufumu
Bagaalu and Bagiika Dance Societies
Samba
Changes and Adaptation in Bulabo
Choir Competitions in Dar es Salaam
The Initial Evangelical Encounter
The Emergence of Tanzanian Voices
A Postcolonial Moment
Conclusion
Individuals in East African Musical Worlds: Gideon Mdegella and Centurio Balikoowa
Introduction
Gideon Mdegella
Centurio Balikoowa
Communities and Musical Specialists
Gideon Mdegella: "Mwalimu"
Mwalimu wa Kwaya: Ritual-Musical Specialists in the Tanzanian Lutheran 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
Situating Traditional Music within Modernity
Introduction
Vignette: Anthems and Identity
Mu Kkubo Ery 'Omusaalaba
Basic Tenets of Kiganda Traditional Music
Issue of Timbre
Drumming
Issue of Interlocking Patterns
"The Roots of Benga"
D. O. Misiani, the "King" of Benga
Conclusion: Popular versus Traditional--"Modernity Happened!"
Cooling Down!
Introduction
Traditional Music and the Interrelation of the Arts in East Africa
Glossary
Resources
Index

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