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Music in West 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 West Africa presents fundamental style concepts of West African music using a focused case study of performance in Liberia, West Africa, among the Kpelle people. The book discusses the diversity, motifs, and structure of West African music within the larger patterns of the region's culture, highlighting those aspects of Kpelle music that are common to many other West African traditions. It also describes how music and dance in West Africa are tied to the fabric of everyday social and political life.

Kpelle musicians value musical performance where multiple performers each contribute aspects of sound that fit together in elaborate ways. Drawing upon her extensive fieldwork and research, author Ruth Stone--who was raised in the Bong County region of Liberia--centers on key stylistic elements that Kpelle performers articulate and emphasize: faceting or breaking music into smaller parts, layering tone colors, part-counterpart relationships in musical structures, and time and polyrhythm. She explores fascinating parallels to these analytic themes in the textiles and masks of related arts and in broader cultural practices such as greeting sequences.

Music in West Africa is enhanced by eyewitness accounts of local performances, interviews with key performers, and vivid illustrations. Packaged with a 70-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the book, it features guided listening and hands-on activities that encourage readers to engage actively and critically with the music.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

CD Track List

1. Traveling to West Africa

Journeys

Tools

West Africa in Perspective

Music in the Arts and Life

Style Areas

Ideas about Performance

Musical Instruments

Conclusion

2. Performance Facets

Vocal Facets in Epic Performance

Instrumental Facets in Horn Ensemble

Continity 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

3. Voices: Layered Tone Colors

Timbre in African Music

Instruments: The Sounds of a Triangular Frame-zither

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

4. 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-Counterpoint

Poro-Sande

5. 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

6. Surveying the Trip: Cutting the Edge

Central Themes

Glossary

References

Resources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195145007
Author:
Stone, Ruth M
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Stone, Ruth M.
Author:
null, Ruth M.
Location:
New York
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Music | World Music, Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music -- Africa, West -- History and criticism.
Subject:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Global Music Series
Series Volume:
no. 2001-154
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
5.4 x 8 x 0.5 in 0.45 lb

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