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Title:Ethnomusicology in East Africa: perspectives from Uganda and beyond
Editors:Nannyonga-Tamusuza, SylviaISNI
Solomon, ThomasISNI
City of publisher:Kampala
Publisher:Fountain Publishers
ISBN:997025135X; 9789970251353
Geographic terms:East Africa
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About person:Klaus Philipp Wachsmann (1907-1984)ISNI
Abstract:This book presents selected papers from the First International Symposium on Ethnomusicology in Uganda, held at Makarere University, Kampala on 23-25 November 2009. The book is divided into three sections.The first section, 'Klaus Wachsmann's legacy: Uganda and beyond', is comprised of four chapters that reflect upon the legacy of ethnomusicologist Klaus Wachsmann, who established the first institutional base for ethnomusicology in Uganda. This section has chapters by Peter Cooke, Philipp Wachsmann, Mitchel Strumpf and Janet Topp Fargion. The chapters in the second section, 'Music, religion and ritual in East Africa', have a common concern with the role of music in religion and ritual practice. Two chapters, by Wotsuna Khamalwa and Dominic D.B. Makwa, deal with music, dance and drama in Imbalu circumcision rituals among the Bagisu (Eastern Uganda), Abasi Kiyimba writes about music and Islam in Uganda, and the three chapters by Jenitha Abela Kameli, Nicholas Ssempijja and David Basoga focus on the role of music in evangelisation and the mediation of religious knowledge in different East African Christian communities (the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northwest Tanzania, the Catholic Church in Kampala, and Pentecostal churches in Kampala). In the third section, 'Music and politics in a global and postcolonial era', questions of power and ideology move to centre stage. The first three chapters focus on popular music in Uganda: Anita Desire Asaasira writes about the Pearl of African Music (PAM) Awards and its role in constructing what is considered 'popular music' in Uganda, Pamela Mbabazi considers the impact of digital technology on music practices in Uganda, and Stella Wadiru discusses the role of Acholi popular music in peace-building in northern Uganda. The two final chapters deal with African musics in the world: Sylvia Antonia Nannyonga-Tamusuza examines conceptualizations of African music in Norway and Sweden, and Thomas Solomon discusses music and postcolonialism. [ASC Leiden abstract]