The distinctive quality of African music lies in its rhythmic structure and scholarly work on this music has usually stressed drumming as the site at which 'complex' rhythms are cultivated. Kofi Agawu argues that drumming is only one among several modes of rhythmic expression and that a more fruitful approach to the understanding of African music is through spoken language. In this book, he constructs a soundscape of the Northern Ewe people of Ghana which demonstrates the pervasiveness of a variety of forms of rhythmic expression in their daily lives. He then devotes a chapter each to an analysis of rhythm in language, song, drumming and dancing, musical performance and folk narration. A concluding chapter addresses some of the ideological factors that have influenced the representation of African rhythm. An accompanying CD enables the reader to work closely with the speech and song discussed.
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Kofi Agawu argues that African music is more than just drums; it is only one among several modes of rhythmic expression. Agawu explains how a more fruitful approach to the understanding of African music is through spoken language as well as rhythm in language, song, drumming and dancing, musical performance and folk narration.Review:
..".I applaud the levelheaded way in which Agawu handles the ideologically and politically charged issue of representing African rhythm. Linguists, cultural anthropologists, folklorists, and scholars from a variety of other disciplines will find subject matter of interest, especially if the study of African cultures is central to what they do. Certianly any scholar or student interested in the study of rhythm in general, regardless of disciplinary affiliation, will find this a thought-provoking work." Roger Vetter, JAMS
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Descrizione libro CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Poor. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Arts and Entertainment>Music>World Music. Book: USED, Poor. Bookseller Inventory # 01978052148084000. Codice libro della libreria 01978052148084000
Descrizione libro 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. 1995 Cambridge University Press scarce hardcover edition with its CD. Worn ex library copy with stamps and labels and without dustjacket but a complete and readable copy. Codice libro della libreria LO-S85C-C53A