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The music of Africa

Author: J H Kwabena Nketia
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [©1974]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The study of African music is a study at once of unity and diversity. The range of indigenous musical resources and practices found on this vast continent is as wide and varied as its topography. In this informative and highly readable book, Professor Nketia provides an overview of the musical traditions of Africa with respect to their historical, cultural, and social backgrounds, their organization and practice,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nketia, J.H. Kwabena.
Music of Africa.
New York, W.W. Norton [1974]
(OCoLC)619959963
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J H Kwabena Nketia
ISBN: 0393021777 9780393021776 0393092496 9780393092493 0575018429 9780575018426
OCLC Number: 841677
Description: x, 278 pages : illustrations, maps, music ; 21 cm
Contents: Preface --
Section one. The social and cultural background. The musical traditions of Africa --
Music in community life --
Performing groups and their music --
Recruitment and training of musicians --
Section two. Musical instruments. Instrumental resources --
Idiophones --
Membranophones--
Aerophones --
Chordophones --
Section three. Structures in African music. Organization of instrumental ensembles --
Melody and polyphony in instrumental music --
The rhythmic basis of instrumental music --
Organization of vocal music --
Melody and polyphony in vocal music --
Rhythmic structures in vocal music --
Section four. Music and related arts. Speech and melody --
The role of song texts --
Interrelations of music and dance --
The dance drama --
The conventions of musical practice --
Summary --
Appendix I : selected discography --
Appendix II : location of ethnic groups mentioned in the text --
Appendix III : African terms used in the text --
Bibliography.
Responsibility: J.H. Kwabena Nketia.

Abstract:

"The study of African music is a study at once of unity and diversity. The range of indigenous musical resources and practices found on this vast continent is as wide and varied as its topography. In this informative and highly readable book, Professor Nketia provides an overview of the musical traditions of Africa with respect to their historical, cultural, and social backgrounds, their organization and practice, and delineates the most significant aspects of musical style."--Back cover.

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