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The African Imagination in Music

Kofi Agawu


Conceived as an introduction to a vast, immensely rich and diverse set of repertories, this book explores the sounding forms of Sub-Saharan African music. Aimed at a general musical readership, it describes the major dimensions of African music and the values upon which they are built. An opening chapter invites readers to sample the basic qualities of African music and reflect on the challenges of writing about African music. In subsequent chapters, the book discusses the place of music in society, musical instruments, the relationship between language and music, rhythm, melody, form, and har ... More

Keywords: music in society, language and music, rhythm, form, harmony, appropriations of African music, art music, traditional heritage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190263201
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190263201.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kofi Agawu, author
Professor of Music, Princeton University