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 used to be visible within the arms of a white Appalachian musician who claimed it as a part of his personal cultural background. via connections like those Kubik discovered that the hyperlink among those far-flung musicians is African-American track, the sound that turned the blues.
Such discoveries show a story of track evolution for Kubik, a cultural anthropologist and ethnomusicologist. touring in Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, and the U.S., he spent 40 years within the box collecting the fabric 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 primary Sudanic Belt.
Included is a entire map of this cradle of the blues, in addition to 31 pictures accumulated 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 parts of the blues have been "European" in starting place and approximately which got here from Africa. exact to this booklet 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 final reader, Kubik proposes a wholly new idea 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 really a musical phenomenon belonging to the African cultural world.
Gerhard Kubik is a professor within the division of ethnology and African stories on the collage of Mainz, Germany. given that 1983 he has been affiliated with the heart for Social examine of Malawi, Zomba. he's an everlasting member of the guts for Black song learn in Chicago and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of serious Britain and eire, London.
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