Recollecting from the Past
Musical Practice and Spirit Possession on the East Coast of Madagascar
By (author) Ron Emoff
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Recollecting from the Past by Ron Emoff
Book DescriptionThe first serious ethnomusicological study of Malagasy music, Recollecting from the Past evokes the complex sound and performative aesthetic in Madagascar called maresaka. Maresaka pertains not only to musical expression but extends into ways of remembering the past, aesthetics of everyday life, and Malagasy concepts of self and community. Ron Emoff focuses on tromba spirit possession ceremonies in which Malagasy use devotional practice as an occasion to expressively re-figure worlds often impeded by colonialism and postcolonial phenomena, extreme material poverty, and widespread illness. Malagasy not only preserve the past, but they interpret, revalue and transform it to their own ends. Music is crucial to these performances since powerful ancestral spirits will not enter into the present if not enticed by masterful musical performances, and so music itself provides a complex symbolic system with which Malagasy can recall and reconstruct the past. This groundbreaking study will be of interest to readers in the fields of anthropology, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, African studies, postcolonial and performance studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780819565006
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Ron Emoff
Ron Emoff is Assistant Professor of Music at Ohio State University-Newark. He received the PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin. Thereafter he taught as a Lecturer at University of Texas, University of California (Santa Barbara), and was awarded a year-long Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Richard Carley Hunt Fellowship for the preparation of this book
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