It was so nice I read it twice. It consists of field recordings illustrating cross-rhythms, multiple meters, call and response forms, etc. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about African Rhythm and African Sensibility , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about African Rhythm and African Sensibility.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 10, Wes Freeman rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Any and everyone. Recommended to Wes by: Sara-Maria Sorentino. Author rolls through s Ghana, gets initiated into two indigenous drumming groups, produces pages of must-know business about West African culture and its music. Book stands tall as an investigation of music-as-cultural-lens, as author has lucked out and found himself white, musically-inclined academic in a place Tamale, Ghana and with people the Dagomba who express their cultural system almost literally through their aesthetic system.
Author gets busy clearing up misconceptions Author rolls through s Ghana, gets initiated into two indigenous drumming groups, produces pages of must-know business about West African culture and its music. Author gets busy clearing up misconceptions about African music and its role in African life.
Think African culture is musical? Go further, author encourages, and proceeds to show how inseparable the African character and African morality are from music, which its performers use as an "explicitly moral" social tool to bring its communities together and acknowledge their mutual humanity.
Heady stuff, and author well-prepares you with the precise prose of an academic and the vigor of an initiate before you get there. The drumming system author spends the most time on is the Takai, a suite of dances built around contrasting rhythms that intersect with each other at key points in the music.
Within these rhythms, there are common beats, but there are also gaps, as though each player is listening to a rhythm that no instrumentalist states. A master drummer cannot play without supporting drummers, or, in many cases, without the dancers; and so a community creates an event in which everyone participates and everyone is necessary, the success of the performance being judged by the success of the event.
Because the musical event is actually a social one, with real dialogues between dancer and drummer and these drums literally talk , like call folks' names, say words, impart instructions, and what have you , the aesthetic choices of its participants takes on a moral color, as conversation at a party might.
What a drummer plays matters. Dancers should move with respect for the drums, not be overly showy or pretentious. In this way, a musical performance reflects not just a musician's skill, but their character Banning Eyre reached the same conclusion in his In Griot Time and validates their role in their community, even as it validates the community's role in everything else.
Author posits it's important to see this is an attitude toward music that "Western" cultures could learn, not so important to think of it as something they've left. Know why author posits such? Cause he's a fucking optimist. And count the books on one hand that look deep into the African state of things and don't try and build hope on a pile of misery.
Availability: In stock. Add to cart. Open Access. Request a desk or exam copy. Table of Contents Back to Top. Origins 5 2. Growing Up in Brooklyn 18 3. The Scene Shifts to the Pacific 28 4. Postwar: Escaping the Panic 37 5. Post-Berkshires: Succumbing to the Irresistible Lure 55 6. Enter Melba Liston 70 7. Uhuru Afrika: Freedom Africa 82 8. Making the Pilgrimage 9. Touring the Motherland Making a Home in Africa Connecting with the Gnawa Post Morroco and the Ellington Connection Compositions and Sessions The African Rhythms Quintet The African Queen The Adventures of Randy Weston Ancient Future Conclusion: Randy Weston.
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Habeas Viscus. The Sonic Episteme. By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music ISBN Custom private lesson via Skype or other service. Buy 1 Now. Add to Cart. In West Africa, societies such as the Yoruba , the Eve , the Akan and the Ibo possess a music rich in rhythmic vitality.View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Rhythm Connection on Discogs. Label: Zi-Koo - LALP • Format: Vinyl Flying Rhythms – Rhythm Connection Tracklist Hide Credits. A1 (African vs Punks) vs Businessman Producer – Moodman: A2: Mouth Dancing (Re-Edit) Producer – Altz: B1: Monkey Beats: B2.