By Francis Bebey, Josephine Bennett
Enticing and enlightening, this consultant explores African music's varieties, musicians, tools, and position within the lifetime of the folks. A discography categorized by means of kingdom, topic, crew, and software can also be included.
Original variation: 1969
English translation: 1975, Josephine Bennett
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A number of colleagues have shared unpublished work, especially Ian Fowler, Terry Childs, Hans Hahn, Peter Telfair, Cathy Skidmore-Hess, and Zoë Strother. Virginia Lazzati and Diana Wylie offered helpful suggestions on early stages of the manuscript. Subsequently, I have benefited enormously from close readings by Patrick McNaughton, Ian Fowler, Terry Childs, Marla Berns, and anonymous readers for the Indiana University Press, as well as by my husband, Robert L. Herbert. Bob has been my companion through some four decades of the life cycle.
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African Music: A People's Art by Francis Bebey, Josephine Bennett