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FORM AND CONTENT OF AFRICAN MUSIC. Edition No. 1

  • Published: February 2009
  • Region: Africa
  • 148 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House

Technological products, growth of urban centres,
emergence of industries and the widespread of deadly
diseases such as HIV/AIDS have led to remarkable
adjustments in the social behaviour and other ways of
life in African communities. These adjustments have
strained socio-cultural patterns of African
traditional ceremonies leading to a shift in the
form, content, significance and performance of music
in such ceremonies. This work investigates the form
and content of African music as exemplified by Bukusu
circumcision music, in Kenya. The dilemma and problem
in the Bukusu community focuses on striking a balance
between the traditional and modern perspectives in
the organization and performance of the music. The
author identifies, investigates and explains various
forms, meanings and functions of Bukusu circumcision
music against the backdrop of modernity. This
documentation is an evaluation model of the past,
present and future perspectives of African
traditional music(s). The book is highly recommended
for scholars, students and researchers in
ethnomusicology, African music, music education, and
methodology in socio-cultural studies at universities
and other tertiary institutions.

MELLITUS, WANYAMA.
Mellitus Nyongesa Wanyama, PhD: Studied Ethnomusicology at the
University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is a Senior Lecturer
(Music and Dance) in the Department of Literature,Theatre and
Film Studies at Moi University, Kenya

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