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African Rhythm: A Northern Ewe Perspective by Kofi Agawu PDF

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By Kofi Agawu

ISBN-10: 0521480841

ISBN-13: 9780521480840

The exact caliber of African song lies in its rhythmic constitution and scholarly paintings in this song has frequently under pressure drumming because the website at which 'complex' rhythms are cultivated. Kofi Agawu argues that drumming is just one between numerous modes of rhythmic expression and extra fruitful method of the knowledge of African tune is thru spoken language. during this ebook, he constructs a soundscape of the Northern Ewe humans of Ghana which demonstrates the pervasiveness of a number of kinds of rhythmic expression of their day-by-day lives. He then devotes a bankruptcy every one to an research of rhythm in language, music, drumming and dancing, musical functionality and folks narration. A concluding bankruptcy addresses a number of the ideological elements that experience stimulated the illustration of African rhythm. An accompanying CD allows the reader to paintings heavily with the speech and music mentioned.

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I: ~ ~ I: ~ ~ 1:. I: pi:. Rhythm produced by two pounders, with variant I2 ~ ~ ~I Rhythms of society returning from the farm (having perhaps spent the night there) or with those who are already busy at work. Some will need only twenty minutes to get to their farms, while others may take a couple of hours. m. Public school starts with a formal assembly of pupils and teachers. Smartly dressed in their starched and ironed uniforms, pupils recite the national pledge, say a prayer, and perhaps sing an anthem.

In one village home, an uncle has arrived for a visit. Everyone seems happy to see him even though he arrived unannounced. Greetings are ritually exchanged, and the amanie or news is heard. Mother now has to worry about feeding this extra mouth while children lament the loss of some of their play time. Girls in some rural areas make trips to the river to fetch water while their peers in urban areas visit the commercial taps to do the same thing. As they grow older, opportunities to leave the house, especially under the guise of running errands, are greatly welcomed by girls.

Elsewhere in the village, the sounds of night begin to form into distinct layers. The songs of birds, crickets, frogs, snakes, and other creatures of the night compete for attention with the intermittent shots of hunters, and these in turn are superimposed on top of the sounds of different types of music-making. And with the recession of the mechanical sounds of mills, cars, and engines comes a new and fresh silence that also competes for our attention. m. In Avenui, children have gathered to tell stories and trade riddles.

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