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Masters of the sabar : Wolof griot percussionists of Senegal

Author: Patricia Tang
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Temple University Press, 2007
Series: African soundscapes
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Examines the rich history and changing repertories of sabar drumming, including dance rhythms and bakks, musical phrases derived from spoken words. Highlight the virtuosity and musical skill of the  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Tang
ISBN: 159213419X 1592134203 9781592134199 9781592134205
OCLC Number: 475024000
Description: xiv, 209 s. : illustrations, maps, music ; 24 cm + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Contents: Introduction I. You will be griot in another way: The Ethnomusicologist's story; II. There once was a king called Maysa Waaly Jon: Sabar History, Instruments, Ensemble and Sound; III. The griot lineage, we are one: Wolof Caste and Identity; IV. My foreparents used to beat the drums: Wolof Family, Kinship and Musical Genealogy; V. If a snake bites you, you will think of death: Sabar Repertories; VI. Dancing fish and rice: Performance Contexts; VII. The 'pax' you play is so sweet: The role of sabar in mbalax Conclusion
Series Title: African soundscapes
Responsibility: Patricia Tang


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"Tang's ethnography is lucid and engaging... [Her] study is particularly significant for examining the performance of sabar beyond its indigenous social and aesthetic frames.... Masters of the Sabar Read more...

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