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Title:The Death of Mganda? Continuity and Transformation in Matengo Music
Author:Hill, Stephen
Year:2001
Periodical:Africa Today
Volume:48
Issue:4
Period:Winter
Pages:27-41
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:Matengo
dance
traditional music
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Architecture and the Arts
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v048/48.4hill.pdf
Abstract:In the Matengo highlands of southwestern Tanzania, musical changes reflect broad economic and political changes as well as local and gendered decisions made by men and women dancers. By analysing the important realm of group dances over the preceding century a clearer picture emerges of the frequently unintended consequences of actions and the various ways that Matengo dancers employ music in their strategies to comprehend and command the 'modern'. In Matengo music choices to pursue divergent goals for new performative resources led to radically different outcomes for two group-dance genres. In the one case, dancers' decisions coupled with shifting economic and political realities led to fluorescence, and in the other, to almost certain abandonment. Bibliogr., notes, sum. (Journal abstract.)
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