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Title:African music: a bibliographical guide to the traditional, popular, art, and liturgical musics of Sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Gray, JohnISNI
Series:African Special Bibliographic Series (ISSN 0749-2308)
City of publisher:New York
Publisher:Greenwood Press
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
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Abstract:This bibliography on African music is organized into six sections. Section 1 covers works on cultural history and the performing arts in sub-Saharan Africa while Section 2 provides a selected guide to works on ethnomusicology. Section 3, the largest, deals with general works and regional/country studies of 'traditional' sub-Saharan music, defined as the local village or rural music of West, Central, Southern and East Africa. Section 4 consists of general and regional/country studies of African popular music as well as biographical and critical studies of some 275 popular musicians and groups. Popular music is defined as both the political songs of Africa's liberation movements, as well as the commercial guitar, drum and vocal styles of sub-Saharan Africa's urban centres. Section 5 focuses on the 'art' or acculturated music traditions of Africa's Westernized elite. The sixth section covers studies on African church music. Three appendices deal, respectively, with reference works on African music and culture, archives and research centres, and a selected discography. Four indexes - ethnic group, subject, artist, and author - conclude the work, providing a key to its 5800 entries.