Africa and the Blues by Gerhard Kubik

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 similar device used to be noticeable within the palms 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 turned the blues.

Such discoveries demonstrate 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 amassing the fabric for Africa and the Blues. during this e-book, Kubik relentlessly lines the distant genealogies of African cultural track via eighteen African international locations, specifically within the Western and principal Sudanic Belt.

Included is a accomplished map of this cradle of the blues, besides 31 pictures accrued 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 various assumptions approximately which parts of the blues have been "European" in beginning and approximately which got here from Africa. specific 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 overall 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 exhibits 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 reports on the collage of Mainz, Germany. given that 1983 he has been affiliated with the guts for Social study of Malawi, Zomba. he's an everlasting member of the guts for Black track learn in Chicago and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of significant Britain and eire, London.

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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 similar device used to be noticeable within the arms of a white Appalachian musician who claimed it as a part of his personal cultural historical past. via connections like those Kubik learned that the hyperlink among those far-flung musicians is African-American song, the sound that turned the blues.

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