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Title:Research on Liberian music: a historical perspective
Author:Giddings, Joshua
Year:2008
Periodical:Liberian Studies Journal (ISSN 0024-1989)
Volume:33
Issue:2
Pages:25-58
Language:English
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:music
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Abstract:Because of its heterogeneous background, Liberia has a rich musical heritage. Liberian music consists of the ritual and ceremonial music of the indigenous tribes on the one hand, and the religious songs, patriotic hymns and popular dance music brought by the settlers and the missionaries, on the other. Hybrid forms, deriving from both these categories as well as foreign music such as Ghanaian highlife, American jazz and Afro-Cuban music, are also found. The author examines Liberian music as well as research into Liberian music, which is limited and conducted largely by foreigners. He presents a review of existing research, and, in conclusion, delves into the reasons for the low amount of research into Liberian music. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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