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The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

Africa, 1st Edition

Edited by Ruth M. Stone


868 pages

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Hardback: 9780824060350
pub: 1997-08-01
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pub: 2017-09-25
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Explores key themes in African music that have emerged in recent years-a subject usually neglected in country-by-country coverage

emphasizes the contexts of musical performance-unlike studies that offer static interpretations isolated from other performing traditions

presents the fresh insights and analyses of musicologists and anthropologists of diverse national origins-African, Asian, European, and American

Charts the flow and influence of music. The Encyclopedia also charts the musical interchanges that followed the movement of people and ideas across the continent, including:

cross-regional musical influences throughout Africa * Islam and its effect on African music * spread of guitar music * Kru mariners of Liberia * Latin American influences on African music * musical interchanges in local contexts * crossovers between popular and traditional practices. Audio CD included. Also includes nine maps and 96 music examples.


"This unique and thoroughly researched resource provides a dynamic and in depth perspective on world music… It strikes a balance between wonderful illustrations and comprehensive, scholarly entries. Each regional volume includes a CD sampler of that region's music. This source will have wide appeal to both the novice and expert." -- Dartmouth Medal Committee

"One of the most impressive coverages in print. Essential to any world music library." -- The Bookwatch

"Fans will be able to refer to these informative books for the rest of their lives. It is unlikeley that anything will appear in that time to surpass them." -- Cover

"The most comprehensive and readable African music guide ever created." -- Pulse

"Complete, concise, and informative. Enormously useful and instructive, a necessity for all libraries." -- MultiCultural Review

"A fascinating, informative presentation describing what may be to Westerners the most unfamiliar music of the world. Unique in its scope and viewpoint.A must purchase for all academic music libraries, and, indeed, for any academic or large public library with a clientele of anthropologists, linguists, historians, sociologists, or Africanists." -- Reference Books Bulleting/Booklist

"This is a significant volume containing significant and timely research.. It belongs in all academic music libraries." -- Choice

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General