African Music Products

  • Stars and Songbirds of Africa: Mande Music in Contemporary Mali

    By Lucy Durán

    Mali has provided many of Africa's best known and most celebrated artists, several of whom have won Grammy awards and other accolades from the international music industry. Malian music attracts audiences from around the world, is widely recorded, and features prominently in most discussions of '…

    Hardback – 2018-04-28 
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • Religion, Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora

    Edited by William Ackah, Jualynne E. Dodson, R. Drew Smith

    Religion, Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora explores the ways in which religious ideas and beliefs continue to play a crucial role in the lives of people of African descent. The chapters in this volume use historical and contemporary examples to show how people of African…

    Hardback – 2017-10-12
    Routledge Studies in Religion

  • Female Voices from an Ewe Dance-drumming Community in Ghana

    Our Music Has Become a Divine Spirit

    By James Burns

    Ewe dance-drumming has been extensively studied throughout the history of ethnomusicology, but up to now there has not been a single study that addresses Ewe female musicians. James Burns redresses this deficiency through a detailed ethnography of a group of female musicians from the Dzigbordi…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • Popular Music Censorship in Africa

    By Martin Cloonan

    Edited by Michael Drewett

    In Africa, tension between freedom of expression and censorship in many contexts remains as contentious, if not more so, than during the period of colonial rule which permeated the twentieth century. Over the last one hundred years popular musicians have not been free to sing about whatever they…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11

  • Taarab Music in Zanzibar in the Twentieth Century

    A Story of ‘Old is Gold’ and Flying Spirits

    By Janet Topp Fargion

    The musical genre of taarab is played for entertainment at weddings and other festive occasions all along the Swahili Coast in East Africa. Taarab contains all the features of a typical 'Indian Ocean' music, combining influences from Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, India and the West with local…

    Paperback – 2016-09-09
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • The Ma'luf in Contemporary Libya

    An Arab Andalusian Musical Tradition

    By Philip Ciantar

    The musical tradition of Ma'luf is believed to have come to North Africa with Muslim and Jewish refugees escaping the Christian reconquista of Spain between the tenth and seventeenth centuries. Although this Arab Andalusian music tradition has been studied in other parts of the region, until now,…

    Paperback – 2016-08-26
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • Music and the Play of Power in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia

    Edited by Laudan Nooshin

    What is it about the history, geographical position and cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia that has made music such a potent and powerful agent? This volume presents the first direct look at the complex relationship between music and power across a range of musical genres…

    Paperback – 2016-08-26
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • The African Diaspora

    A Musical Perspective

    Edited by Ingrid Monson

    The African Diaspora presents musical case studies from various regions of the African diaspora, including Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, North America, and Europe, that engage with broader interdisciplinary discussions about race, gender, politics, nationalism, and music. Featured here are…

    Paperback – 2016-05-13
    Critical and Cultural Musicology

  • Tuk Music Tradition in Barbados

    By Sharon Meredith

    Barbados is a small Caribbean island better known as a tourist destination rather than for its culture. The island was first claimed in 1627 for the English King and remained a British colony until independence was gained in 1966. This firmly entrenched British culture in the Barbadian way of life,…

    Hardback – 2015-03-28
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • Popular Culture in Africa

    The Episteme of the Everyday

    Edited by Stephanie Newell, Onookome Okome

    This volume marks the 25th anniversary of Karin Barber’s ground-breaking article, "Popular Arts in Africa", which stimulated new debates about African popular culture and its defining categories. Focusing on performances, audiences, social contexts and texts, contributors ask how African…

    Hardback – 2013-11-12
    Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

  • Asante Ntahera Trumpets in Ghana

    Culture, Tradition, and Sound Barrage

    By Joseph S.Kaminski

    Based on the author's fieldwork in Ghana with the Asante and Denkyira ntahera trumpeters, this book draws on interviews, field recordings, oral traditions, written accounts, archaeological evidence, transcriptions and linguistic analyses to situate the Asante trumpet tradition in historical culture…

    Hardback – 2012-11-07
    SOAS Musicology Series

  • Ancient Text Messages of the Yoruba Bata Drum

    Cracking the Code

    By Amanda Villepastour

    The bata is one of the most important and representative percussion traditions of the people in southwest Nigeria, and is now learnt and performed around the world. In Cuba, their own bata tradition derives from the Yoruba bata from Africa yet has had far more research attention than its African…

    Hardback – 2010-04-28
    SOAS Musicology Series

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