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African Music Vol 11,2 now available online

BY 17.12.20

For those interested in music from the African Continent, it is worth noting that the that the African Music Vol 11,2 is now available online. Many of the articles in this edition first saw the light of day as papers presented at the ICTM Study Group on African Musics, held in Accra in August 2018. These articles include Michael Vercelli’s account of Bernard Woma (1966-2018), the virtuoso musician of Dagara music in Ghana; Jacqueline Dje Dje’s article on black Americans’ fiddling traditions in the Appalachian mountains; John-Doe Dorzdro’s pioneering research on brass bands in Ghana; Marie-Christine Parent’s article on the development and expression of the moutya from Seychelles, in relation to the sega from Mauritius and the maloya from Reunion; and, Fernando Palacio’s article on the religious music of the Afro-Esmeraldian people in Ecuador.

Other articles deal with Haul music in Western Sahara and Mauritania, in which Luis Gimenez Amoros argues that the mobility of the Haul modal system provides a reconsideration of a precolonial past in existing music cultures in sub-Saharan Africa. In considering the ongoing challenges of fieldwork, Moses Nii-Dorty’s article provides valuable insight into alternative possibilities for research methods. He puts forward the possibilities of eavesdropping as both research method and ethical practice. Finally, Afrikaans protest music has dominated the attention of South African music scholars, but Cornelius Holtzhausen provides another perspective in his essay on sokkie, an Afrikaans popular music style, that, up until now, has received less scholarly attention.  

There are six reviews of books and a music album. 

Readers are encouraged to visit the websites of the Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA) in Zanzibar and Phonotheque Historique de l’Ocean Indien (PHOI) in Reunion, ILAM’s new partners in the southwestern Indian Ocean.

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