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Music of Sub-Saharan Africa
An International Bibliography and Resource Guide

By John Gray

Price: $160.00
Binding: Cloth
ISBN: 9780984413478
xvi, 1119 pages
African Diaspora Press
Pub. Date: March 2018

SUBJECTS
Music Reference
Ethnomusicology
Dance
African Studies
Black/Diaspora Studies

SERIES TITLE: Black Music Reference Series
SERIES NUMBER: 8

DESCRIPTION
For more than a quarter century African Music, the author’s acclaimed 1991 bibliography, has been a standard reference work on the subject. Now, at long last, we have its companion. Comprised of entirely new material, Music of Sub-Saharan Africa offers users a comprehensive guide to the enormous literature which has emerged on sub-Saharan music and dance in recent decades.

This much expanded and revised edition is organized into five easy to navigate sections—General Works; Musical Instruments; Regional Studies; African Music Abroad; and Biographical and Critical Studies—allowing users to quickly access the information they need. It also includes a detailed subject index which offers a key to all of the book’s sections and another way to quickly pinpoint citations by topic, genre, instrument type, geographical location or ethnic group.

Major Highlights include:

  • Comprehensiveness. Includes more than 8000 entries published between 1990 and 2014 as well as a wealth of older material not included in African Music
  • Linguistic diversity. Covers works in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian
  • Enhanced coverage of African sources, many not indexed anywhere else
  • Broader examination of topical studies ranging from gender and AIDS to politics, migration and postcolonial identity
  • In-depth coverage of music education throughout sub-Saharan Africa
  • Two sections devoted to local and regional studies. One focused on the 4 major subregions and 43 nation-states of sub-Saharan Africa, and another on the migration of these traditions to 36 countries abroad, including major centers in France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, and the United States
  • Detailed coverage of the subcontinent’s panoply of musical styles—art and choral musics, religious music of all kinds (Christian, Jewish, Islamic and indigenous), and myriad popular genres, both well-established and newly emergent, e.g., highlife, jazz, taarab, and hip-hop
  • An extensive biographical section documenting the careers of almost 1500 performers, composers, ethnomusicologists, and others. These range from pop icons such as Salif Keita and Miriam Makeba to literally hundreds of lesser-known oral poets, classical composers, and music industry figures. Also included are a select number of composers and performers from outside of Africa, e.g., Paul Simon, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Steve Reich, whose work has been deeply influenced by African traditions
An essential resource for all Africanist and music researchers, educators and librarians.

PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION

“[African Music] is a book that belongs in every university library, as well as the personal library of serious scholars of African music. It is a remarkably well-researched bibliography...which should be of use to scholars of Africa in general and of African music in particular.” —International Journal of African Historical Studies

“John Gray’s African Music is a truly outstanding achievement. The work of an experienced bibliographer, [it] is likely to become the standard reference tool on African music for the next decade or so. With a staggering 5,802 entries, African Music supersedes all previously available bibliographies in scope, the clear organization of its data, and of course, its up-to-dateness.” —African Music

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I.   GENERAL WORKS
          Music and Education
II.  MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
          Aerophones (Wind Instruments)
          Chordophones (String Instruments)
          Idiophones (Marimbas/Xylophones)
          Lamellophones (Mbiras, Sanzas, etc.)
          Membranophones (Drums)
III. REGIONAL STUDIES
           West Africa
               Benin
               Burkina Faso
               Cameroon
               Chad
               Cote d'Ivoire
               Equatorial Guinea
               Gambia, The
               Ghana
                   Northern Ghana
                   Southern Ghana
                       Akan
                       Ashanti
                       Ewe
                       Ga
                       Nzema
               Guinea
               Guinea-Bissau
               Liberia
               Mali
                   Bambara
               Mauritania
               Niger
               Nigeria
                   Central and Northern Nigeria
                       Hausa
                       Tiv
                    Southern Nigeria
                       Edo/Bini
                       Ibibio
                       Igbo
                       Igede
                       Urhobo
                       Yoruba
               Sao Tome and Principe
               Senegal
               Sierra Leone
               Togo
           Central Africa
               Angola
               Burundi
               Central African Republic
                    Banda
                    Pygmies
               Congo (Brazzaville)
               Congo (Democratic Republic)
               Gabon
               Rwanda
           Southern Africa
               Botswana
               Lesotho
               Malawi
               Mozambique
               Namibia
               South Africa
                   Sotho
                   Tsonga
                   Venda
                   Xhosa
                   Zulu
               Swaziland
               Zambia
               Zimbabwe
                  Shona
           East Africa
               Djibouti
               Eritrea
               Ethiopia
               Kenya
               Somalia
               Sudan
               Tanzania
               Uganda
                  Ganda
IV.  AFRICAN MUSIC ABROAD
           Australia
           Austria
           Belgium
           Brazil
           Canada
           China
           Colombia
           Cuba
           Czech Republic
           Denmark
           Egypt
           Finland
           France
           Germany
           Great Britain
           Haiti
           India
           Iraq
           Israel
           Italy
           Jamaica
           Mexico
           Netherlands, The
           Oman
           Pakistan
           Portugal
           Qatar
           Saudi Arabia
           Serbia
           Spain
           Sweden
           Switzerland
           Ukraine
           United Arab Emirates
           United States
           Yemen
V.  BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL STUDIES
Sources Consulted
Libraries, Museums, and Archives
Appendix I: List of Individuals and Ensembles by Idiom/Occupation
Appendix II: List of Individuals and Ensembles by Country
Author Index
Subject Index

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JOHN GRAY is an independent scholar specializing in the performing arts and traditional religion of Africa and the African Diaspora. His previous music-related titles include Hip-Hop Studies; Carnival, Calypso and Steel Pan; Afro-Brazilian Music; Afro-Cuban Music; Jamaican Popular Music; From Vodou to Zouk; African Music; Fire Music; and Blacks in Classical Music. His work Baila! A Bibliographic Guide to Afro-Latin Dance Musics from Mambo to Salsa, was the recipient of the 2015 Vincent H. Duckles Award (for best book-length bibliography or reference work published in 2013) from the Music Library Association.


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