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The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People of Zimbabwe

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This sensitive, scholarly portrayal of Shona musicians and the African Musical tradition is highly engaging and comprehensive in its range of data. Paul Berliner provides the complete cultural context for the music and an intimate, precise account of the meaning of the instrument and its music.

"Paul Berliner's The Soul of Mbira is probably the best ethnography ever written about an African musical tradition. It is a complete classic . . . . I know of no other instrument with the range of the mbira, and the book is equal to the instrument."—John Chernoff

"[The Soul of Mbira] illustrates the fact that Shona mbira music in its beauty, subtlety, and virtuosity demands the same kind of respect that we might hold for any other classical music."—David Reck, Parabola

"The book is a model of ethnomusicological thinking and investigation and it suggests a specific way of approaching a complex socio-musical system."—John Baily, Popular Music

"When next someone asks 'What is ethnomusicology?' or 'What do ethnomusicologists do?' I shall suggest this book. . . . This is a landmark in ethnomusicological literature. Berliner succeeds in conveying both the joy that goes with mbira playing and the mystic relationship between the player and his instrument. In short, this is humanized ethnomusicology."—K.A. Gourlay, Ethnomusicology

Synopsis:

A scholarly portrayal of Shona musicians and the African Musical tradition. l Berliner provides the complete cultural context for the music and an intimate, precise account of the meaning of the instrument and its music.

Synopsis:

This sensitive, scholarly portrayal of Shona musicians and their musical tradition is highly engaging and comprehensive in its range of data. Paul Berliner provides the rich cultural context for the music and an intimate, precise account of the meaning of the mbira and its music.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

List of Musical Examples

Note on Orthography

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. African Mbira and the Music of the Shona

3. An Overview of Shona Mbira

4. The Nature of Mbira Music

5. In Performance: The Shona Mbira Ensemble and the Relationship Between the Mbira Player and the Mbira

6. Learning the Mbira

7. The Poetry of the Mbira

8. Music and Spirit Possession at a Shona Bira

9. The Law of Mbira: Mbira in the Lives of Performers and the Changing Status of Mbira Music

Notes

Appendix I: Kudeketera Song Texts

Appendix II: Absolute Tunings (c.p.s.) of Five Mbira DzaVadzimu

Appendix III: Building and Playing a Shona Karimba

Bibliography

Discography: Shona Mbira Music

Films

Index

Plates

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226043791
Author:
Berliner, Paul F.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Musical instruments
Subject:
History, reference and criticism
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Percussion
Subject:
Shona (african people)
Subject:
Music -- Zimbabwe -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Mbira music.
Subject:
Shona
Subject:
Shona (African people) -- Music.
Subject:
Musical instruments -- Zimbabwe.
Subject:
Music-Percussion
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
MA 5-C
Publication Date:
19930631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 halftones, 22 musical examples, 5 fig
Pages:
334
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , A scholarly portrayal of Shona musicians and the African Musical tradition. l Berliner provides the complete cultural context for the music and an intimate, precise account of the meaning of the instrument and its music.
"Synopsis" by , This sensitive, scholarly portrayal of Shona musicians and their musical tradition is highly engaging and comprehensive in its range of data. Paul Berliner provides the rich cultural context for the music and an intimate, precise account of the meaning of the mbira and its music.
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