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Music in West Africa Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

ISBN-10: 0195145003
ISBN-13: 9780195145007
Edition: 2004
Authors: Ruth M. Stone
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660

This book introduces the musical traditions of West Africa and discusses the diversity, motifs, and structure of West African music within the larger patterns of the region's culture. Drawing upon the author's extensive fieldwork, it explores how the music's complex rhythmic combinations in fast-paced patterns and quick, tightly orchestrated movements influence how West Africans understand themselves and their culture.

Foreword
Preface
CD Track List
Traveling to West Africa
Journeys
Tools
West Africa in Perspective
Music in the Arts and Life
Style Areas
Ideas about Performance
Musical Instruments
Conclusion
Performance Facets
Vocal Facets in Epic Performance
Instrumental Facets in Horn Ensemble
Continuity in Performance: Woni Ensemble
Vocal and Instrumental Facets in Bush Clearing Songs
Parallels in the Arts
Faceting: Cutting the Edge
Cloth Pattern
Masks and Carved Figures
Greeting Sequences
Obscuring Facets
Voices: Layered Tone Colors
Timbre in African Music
Instruments: The Sounds of a Triangular Framezither
The Centrality of the Voice
Instruments: Musical Bow
Sound Texture in Epic
Social Resonance
Other Timbral Dimensions of Sound
Symbolic Association of Tone Color
Cloth Color
Part-Counterpart: Call and Response
Call and Response Variations
Nonoverlapping Call and Response
Rice Planting Song
Children's Counting Song
Kpelle Rubber Camp Music
Entertainment Love Song
Overlapping Call and Response
Musical Dramatic Folktale (Chante Fable)
Epic Performance
Dialogic Relationships
Resonance
Drummer-Supporting Drummer
Gifts that Keep the Performance Going
Chief-Counterpart
Poro-Sande
Time and Polyrhythm
A Master Drummer's Life History
Fitting the Pieces Together
Rhythmic Patterns in the Epic
Contingency
Action
Inner Time
Kpelle Performance in Liberia
The Island of Lamu, East Africa
The Shona of Southern Africa
The Spiritual World
The Larger Process
Life History
Time in Local Life
Balancing the Qualitative and Quantitative
Surveying the Trip: Cutting the Edge
Central Themes
Glossary
References
Resources
Index

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