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.Contenuti:
Prologue; 1. Rhythms of society; 2. Rhythms of language; 3. Rhythms of song; 4. Rhythms of drumming and dancing; 5. Rhythms of musical performance; 6. Rhythms of folktale performance; 7. Epilogue: representing African rhythm.
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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
Descrizione libro Cambridge University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Very Good. Hardcover. Good binding and cover. Library stamps and markings. Bound in publisher's cloth. Ships daily. Codice libro della libreria 1605200045