Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture by Gregory Barz
Call Number: ML350 .B37 2004
Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture introduces readers to the various ways in which historical musical traditions and present-day musical performances either collide, fuse, or remain mutually exclusive in contemporary East Africa. Through descriptions of performances and case studies that detail the lives of individual musicians, Gregory Barz shows how people in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania create, dance to, and interact with traditional East African music. Focusing on specific contexts in which music is integrated into the everyday lives of individuals and communities, Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture considers the significance of music for people as they negotiate the world around them. It looks at the defining principle of musical performance in East Africa - how drumming, singing, dancing, and drama are deeply connected to traditional cultures. This book highlights the importance of individual musicians as specialized members of communities and describes the role of musical performance in such social systems as popular entertainment and religious rituals. It also shows how traditional East African music and performance has responded to modernization, colonization, commercialism, and nationalism.