Stambeli Music, Trance, and Alterity in Tunisia
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Description: InStambeli, Richard C. Jankowsky presents a vivid ethnographic account of the healing trance music created by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves brought to Tunisia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Stambeli music calls upon an elaborate pantheon of sub-Saharan spirits and North African Muslim saints to heal humans through ritualized trance. Based on nearly two years of participation in the musical, ritual, and social worlds of stambeli musicians, Jankowsky's study explores the way the music evokes the cross-cultural, migratory past of its originators and their encounters with the Arab-Islamic world in which they found themselves. Stambeli, Jankowsky avers, is thoroughly marked by a sense of othernessthe healing spirits, the founding musicians, and the instruments mostly come from outside Tunisiawhich creates a unique space for profoundly meaningful interactions between sub-Saharan and North African people, beliefs, histories, and aesthetics. Part ethnography, part history of the complex relationship between Tunisia's Arab and sub-Saharan populations,Stambeliwill be welcomed by scholars and students of ethnomusicology, anthropology, African studies, and religion.
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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Richard C. Jankowsky is associate professor of music at Tufts University.