African Music: A Bibliographical Guide To The Traditional, Popular, Art, And Liturgical Musics Of…

Hardcover | March 1, 1991

byJohn Gray

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African Music is devoted to ethnographic, anthropological, musicological, and popular studies of sub-Saharan African music from the 1890s to the present. The bibliography is organized into six basic sections. Section one covers works on cultural policy and the performing arts in sub-Saharan Africa, while section two provides a selected guide to works on ethnomusicology. Section three, the largest, deals with general works and regional/country studies of "traditional" sub-Saharan musics, defined most simply as the local village or rural musics of West, Central, Southern, and East Africa. General and regional/country studies of African pop music as well as biographical and critical studies of 275 popular musicians and groups are covered in section four. Section five focuses on the acculturated or "art" music traditions of Africa's Westernized elite, citing both general works and biographical/critical studies on African composers and performers. The sixth, and final, music section covers general studies on African church, or liturgical music. The items cited in these six sections range from books, dissertations, unpublished papers, and periodical and newspaper articles, to films, videotapes, and audiotapes in all of the major Western languages as well as several African ones. The three appendixes deal, respectively, with reference works on African music and culture; archives and research centers; and a selected discography listing both traditional and popular music recordings and outlets where they may be found. Four indexes--ethnic group, subject, artist and author--complete the work and provide a key to its 5,800 entries. By covering works from 1732 to the present, African Music offersnot only the most up-to-date scholarship on the subject, but also the most comprehensive coverage currently available. It offers a much-needed, and long overdue resource for students, scholars, and librarians seeking to understand the musics of sub-Saharan Africa.

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African Music is devoted to ethnographic, anthropological, musicological, and popular studies of sub-Saharan African music from the 1890s to the present. The bibliography is organized into six basic sections. Section one covers works on cultural policy and the performing arts in sub-Saharan Africa, while section two provides a selected...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:504 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 1991Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313277699

ISBN - 13:9780313277696

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"John Gray's African Music is a truly outstanding achievement. The work of an experienced bibliographer, Gray's bibliography is likely to become the standard reference tool on African music for the next decade or so. With a staggering 5,802 entries, African Music supersedes all previously available bibliographies in scope, the clear organization of its data, and of course, in its up-to-dateness."-Folk Music Journal (U.K.)