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Acoustic Assemblages and Forms of Life

Gavin Steingo

in Kwaito's Promise: Music and the Aesthetics of Freedom in South Africa

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226362403
eISBN:
9780226362687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226362687.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

In Chapter 4, I looked at the quotidian musical practices of formally unemployed residents of Soweto. In this chapter, I widen the lens in order to examine these practices in relation to the larger ... More


Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Steven M. Friedson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226265049
eISBN:
9780226265063
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book on musical experience in African ritual focuses on the Brekete/Gorovodu religion of the Ewe people. It presents a multifaceted understanding of religious practice through a historical and ... More


The Poured Gift

in Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226265049
eISBN:
9780226265063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Of all the animals sacrificed to the gods, cows are by far the most significant and expensive. It is the only time when the gods are taken from their kpomewo, gathered into a large basin, and brought ... More


Opening the Door

in Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226265049
eISBN:
9780226265063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

In this coda, the author narrates his experience with music and rituals conducted by the Ewe people in the Brekete shrine in Ghana. He talks about animal sacrifices to the northern gods such as Sakra ... More


Flutes and the Animal Kingdom

Dale A. Olsen

in World Flutelore: Folktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037887
eISBN:
9780252095146
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037887.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Animals are recurring motifs in many flute-related stories because flutes are often made from animal bones, flutists are often hunters of animals, animals are often protectors and helpers of ... More


Flutes and Nature

Dale A. Olsen

in World Flutelore: Folktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037887
eISBN:
9780252095146
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037887.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter discusses how flutes are used by humans for the fertility of animals, the growing and harvesting of crops, controlling weather, and metaphorically, such as riding the winds of longing. ... More


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