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2nd Edition

The Garland Handbook of African Music

Edited By

Ruth M. Stone

ISBN 9780415961028
Published June 24, 2008 by Routledge
528 Pages

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Book Description

The Garland Handbook of African Music is comprised of essays from The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Volume 1, Africa, (1997). Revised and updated, the essays offer detailed, regional studies of the different musical cultures of Africa and examine the ways in which music helps to define the identity of this particular area. Part One provides an in-depth introduction to Africa. Part Two focuses on issues and processes, such as notation and oral tradition, dance in communal life, and intellectual property. Part Three focuses on the different regions, countries, and cultures of Africa with selected regional case studies. The second edition has been expanded to include exciting new scholarship that has been conducted since the first edition was published. Questions for Critical Thinking at the end of each major section guide and focus attention on what musical and cultural issues arise when one studies the music of Africa -- issues that might not occur in the study of other musics of the world. An accompanying audio compact disc offers musical examples of some of the music of Africa.

Table of Contents

List of Audio Examples, List of Contributors, Preface to the Second Edition, Acknowledgments, Orthography, Part 1 Introduction to African Music, Profile of Africa, African Music in a Constellation of Arts, Exploring African Music, Part 2 Issues and Processes in African Music, Notation and Oral Tradition, Conceptions of Song: Ownership, Rights, and African Copyright Law, Dance in Communal Life, Islam in Liberia, The Guitar in Africa, Kru Mariners and Migrants of the West African Coast, Popular Music in Africa, Music and HIV/AIDS in Africa, Questions for Critical Thinking: Issues and Processes in African Music, Part 3 Regional Case Studies, West Africa, West Africa: An Introduction, Yoruba Popular Music, “The Tradition” and Identity in a Diversifying Context, Questions for Critical Thinking: West Africa, North Africa, North Africa: An Introduction, Tuareg Music, From Village to Vinyl: Genealogies of New Kabyle Song, Questions for Critical Thinking: North Africa, East Africa, East Africa: An Introduction, Music and the Construction of Identity among the Abayudaya (Jewish People) of Uganda, Questions for Critical Thinking: East Africa, Central Africa, Central Africa: An Introduction, Musical Life in the Central African Republic, Questions for Critical Thinking: Central Africa, Southern Africa, Southern Africa: An Introduction, Popular Music in South Africa, Dance and Gender as Contested Sites in Southern Malawian Presbyterian Churches, Questions for Critical Thinking: South Africa, General Questions for the Whole Book, Glossary, A Guide to Publications, A Guide to Recordings, A Guide to Films and Videos, Notes on the Audio Examples, Index

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Ruth Stone is Associate Vice Provost for Research and Laura Boulton Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the African Studies Program at Indiana University, Bloomington.


While Ruth Stone is the foremost authority on African Music ethnomusiciology, her handbook revision will be assessed by Carol Muller of Univ of Penn, and Michael Bakan of Florida State Univ.  Both of them were also authors of the ABC-CLIO volume of South African Music.