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Music in East Africa is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.

Music in East Africa introduces readers to the various ways in which historical music traditions and present-day musical performances either collide, fuse, or remain mutually exclusive in contemporary East Africa. Through descriptions of performances and case studies that detail the lives of individual musicians, Gregory Barz shows how people in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania create, dance to, and interact with traditional East African music. Focusing on specific contexts in which music is integrated into the everyday lives of individuals and communities, Music in East Africa considers the significance of music for people as they negotiate the world around them. It looks at the defining principle of musical performance in East Africa--how drumming (and the playing of other musical instruments), singing, dancing, and drama are deeply connected to traditional cultures. The book highlights the importance of individual musicians as specialized members of communities and describes the role of musical performances in such social systems as popular entertainment and religious rituals. It also shows how traditional East African music and performance has responded to modernization, colonization, commercialism, and nationalism.

Featuring vivid illustrations and eyewitness accounts of performances, Music in East Africa incorporates numerous activities that encourage readers to engage with the music. The book is packaged with a 70-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the text.

Table of Contents

Forward

Preface

CD Track List

1. Heating Up!

East Africa

Traditional Music Performance: The Example of Ngoma

What is "Music" in East Africa?

Greetings

Conclusion

2. Traditional Performances in Two Villages and a Town

Introduction

Case Study #1: Nyanhugi Village, Sukumaland, Tanzania

Case Study #2: Bugwere Village, Busoga Region, Eastern Uganda

Case Study #3: Kisumu Town, Western Kenya

Musical Transcription

Gender and Traditional Music Performance in East Africa

Conclusion

3. Fostering Social Cohesion: Competition and Traditional Musical Performance

Introduction: Competition as Social Cohesion

Case Study #1: Bulabo in Sukumaland, Tanzania

Bufumu

Bagaalu and Bagiika Dance Societies

Samba

Changes and Adaption in Bulabo

Case Study #2: Choir Competitions in Dar es Salaam

Vignette 1: The Initial Evangelical Encounter

Vignette 2: The Emergence of Tanzanian Voices

Vignette 3: A Postcolonial Moment

Conclusion

4. Individuals in East African Musical Worlds: Gideon Mdegella and Centurio Balikoowa

Introduction

Vignette 1: Gideon Mdegella

Vignette 2: Centurio Balikoowa

Communities and Musical Specialists

Gideon Mdegella: "Mwalimu"

Mwalimu wa Kwaya: Ritual-Musical Specialists in the Tanzanian Luteran 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

5. Situating Traditional Music within Modernity

Introduction

Vignette: Anthems and Identity

Case Study #1: Mu Kkubo Ery 'Omusaalaba

Basic Tenets of Kiganda Traditional Music

Issue of Timbre

Drumming

Issue of Interlocking Patterns

Case Study #2: "The Roots of Benga"

D.O. Misiani, the "King" of Benga

Conclusion: Popular versus Traditional--"Modernity Happened!"

6. Cooling Down!

Introduction

Traditional Music and the Interrelation of the Arts in East Africa

Glossary

Resources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195141528
Author:
Barz, Gregory F.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Barz, Gregory
Author:
null, Gregory
Location:
New York
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Music | World Music, Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Africa, East Social life and customs.
Subject:
Music - Africa, East - History and criticism
Subject:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Global Music Series
Series Volume:
Vol. 8
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
22 cm. +

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