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With Mande Music, Eric Charry offers the most comprehensive source available on one of Africa's richest and most sophisticated music cultures. Using resources as disparate as early Arabic travel accounts, oral histories, and archival research as well as his own extensive studies in Mali, Guinea, Senegal, and The Gambia, Charry traces this music culture from its origins pre-dating the thirteenth-century Mali empire to the recording studios of Paris and New York. He focuses on the four major spheres of Mande music-hunter's music, music of the jelis or griots, jembe and other drumming, and guitar-based modern music-exploring how each developed, the types of instruments used, the major artists, and how each sphere relates to the others. With its maps, illustrations, and musical transcriptions as well as an exhaustive bibliography, discography, and videography and a compact disc (available separately) this book is essential reading for those seeking an in-depth look at one of the most exciting, innovative, and deep-rooted phenomena on the world music scene.

About the Author

Eric Charry is an associate professor of music at Wesleyan University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

Technical Notes

Transcription Guide and Rhythm Concepts

Introduction

Performers

Performance

Instruments

Repertories

Tuning and Scales

Playing Techniques and Styles

Languages and Neighboring Peoples

Islam and Mande Music

Traditional and Modern

1. The Mande

West African Prehistory

Ancient Ghana (Wagadu)

Mali

Kabu

European Contact, the Colonial Encounter, and Independence

Nyamakala and Notions of a Mande Class System

Mande Aesthetics and the Creative Artist: The Ngara

Conclusion

2. Hunter's Music

Performers and Performance

Hunter's Harps

Simbi Repertory

Simbi and Donso Ngoni Tuning

Simbi Playing Technique and Style

Conclusion

3. Jeliya

Performers and Performance

Jeli Instruments

The Repertory of Jeliya

Jeli Tuning Systems

Playing Techniques and Styles

Conclusion

4. Drumming

Performers and Performance

Jembe

Dundun, Sangba, and Kenkeni

Tama

Mandinka Kutiro/Tangtango Ensemble

Conclusion

5. The Guitar and the Modern Era

Performers and Recordings

Repertories of Modern Music

Guitar Tuning

Guitar Playing Styles

Conclusion

6. Music Terminology

Julu, Dònkili, Fasa

The Many Uses of Ben (Agreement)

Terminology for Pitch Height

Rhythm

Conclusion

7. Perspectives

Identity

Methods

When a Context Modernizes

Mande Ways of Learning Music, Ways of Learning Mande Music

When Teaching Westernizes

Conclusion

Manden Te Banna

Appendix A: References Related to Mande Music in Historical Sources from the Eleventh to the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Appendix B: Keys to Vocalists, Musicians, and Their Instruments

Appendix C: Recordings of Traditional and Modern Pieces in Mande Repertories

Appendix D: Syliphone Recordings

Glossary of African Terms

Bibliography

Discography

Videography

Personal Interviews, Lessons, and Recordings

Subject Index

Personal Name Index

Title Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226101620
Author:
Charry, Eric S.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Charry, Eric
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Mandingo (African people)
Subject:
Mandingo
Subject:
Music -- Africa, West -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Mandingo (African people) -- Music.
Subject:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Series Volume:
888
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
78 halftones, 30 line drawings, 36 music
Pages:
531
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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