By Gerhard Kubik
In 1969 Gerhard Kubik chanced to come across a Mozambican exertions migrant, a miner in Transvaal, South Africa, tapping a cipendani, a mouth-resonated musical bow. A related tool was once obvious within the arms of a white Appalachian musician who claimed it as a part of his personal cultural background. via connections like those Kubik learned that the hyperlink among those far-flung musicians is African-American track, the sound that grew to become the blues.
Such discoveries exhibit a story of tune evolution for Kubik, a cultural anthropologist and ethnomusicologist. touring in Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, and the us, he spent 40 years within the box collecting the cloth for Africa and the Blues. during this publication, Kubik relentlessly lines the distant genealogies of African cultural track via eighteen African countries, particularly within the Western and critical Sudanic Belt.
Included is a accomplished map of this cradle of the blues, in addition to 31 images amassed in his fieldwork. the writer additionally provides transparent musical notations and outlines of either African and African American traditions and practices and calls into query the numerous assumptions approximately which components of the blues have been "European" in beginning and approximately which got here from Africa. certain to this e-book is Kubik's perception into the methods present-day African musicians have followed and enlivened the blues with their very own traditions.
With scholarly care yet with an ease for the overall reader, Kubik proposes a wholly new thought on blue notes and their origins. Tracing what musical characteristics got here from Africa and what mutations and mergers happened within the Americas, he indicates that the African American culture we name the blues is actually a musical phenomenon belonging to the African cultural world.
Gerhard Kubik is a professor within the division of ethnology and African stories on the college of Mainz, Germany. on the grounds that 1983 he has been affiliated with the heart for Social study of Malawi, Zomba. he's an everlasting member of the guts for Black track examine in Chicago and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of serious Britain and eire, London.
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