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Description - Representing African Music by Kofi Agawu

The aim of this text is to stimulate debate by offering a critique of discourse about African music. Who writes about African music, how, and why? What assumptions and prejudices influence the presentation of ethnographic data? To what orders of authority do scholars appeal? What ethical considerations motivate individual scholars? Even the term "African music" suggests there is an agreed-upon meaning, but African music signifies differently to different people.This book also poses the question then, "what is African music?" Kofi Agawu offers a fresh and provocative look at the history of African music scholarship that should resonate with students of ethnomusicology and post-colonial studies. He offers an alternative "Afro-centric" means of understanding African music, and in doing so, illuminates a different mode of creativity beyond the usual provenance of Western criticism. It is hoped that this book will inspire heated debate - and new thinking - among musicologists, cultural theorists and post-colonial thinkers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415943901
ISBN-10: 0415943906
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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