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The African Imagination in Music$
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Kofi Agawu

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190263201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263201.001.0001

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Appropriating African Music

Appropriating African Music

(p.305) 8 Appropriating African Music
The African Imagination in Music

Kofi Agawu

Oxford University Press

This chapter acknowledges the global presence of African music. It traces this presence through the travels of musicians in the popular sphere and the appropriation of elements of African music in varieties of popular music. It also points to the uses of African or African-derived music in film. The work of avant-garde composers (Fanshawe, Reich and Ligeti, among others) is discussed. The chapter also reflects on the work of African composers of art music. The kinds of understanding and appreciation fostered by art music are touted as important developments in the reception of African music. The chapter comments in closing on two brief works by Joshua Uzoigwe and Fred Onovwerosuoke and suggests that the future of African music will depend on the efforts of composers in this tradition.

Keywords:   Joshua Uzoigwe, Fred Onovwerosuoke, art music, appropriation, Reich, Fanshawe, Ligeti, composers

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