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Description - Dan Ge Performance by Daniel B. Reed

Ge, formerly translated as "mask" or "masquerade," appears among the Dan people of C te d'Ivoire as a dancing and musical embodiment of their social ideals and religious beliefs. In this title, Daniel B. Reed sets out to discover what resides at the core of Ge. He finds that Ge is defined as part of a religious system, a form of entertainment, an industry, a political tool, an instrument of justice, and a form of resistance and it can take on multiple roles simultaneously. He sees genu (pl.) dancing the latest dance steps, co-opting popular music, and acting in concert with Ivorian authorities to combat sorcery. Not only are the bounds of traditional performance stretched, but Ge performance becomes a strategy for helping the Dan to establish individual and community identity in a world that is becoming more religiously and ethnically diverse.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253216120
ISBN-10: 0253216125
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 21-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Daniel B. Reed

Daniel B. Reed is Director of the Archives of Traditional Music and Assistant Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is co-author (with Gloria Gibson) of the CD-ROM Music and Culture in West Africa: The Straus Expedition (Indiana University Press).

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