Mande popular music and cultural policies in West Africa : griots and government policy since independence /

"During the independence era in West Africa (1958-1984) many nations embarked on ambitious programs aimed at rejuvenating their traditional arts. These programs were realised through new cultural policies such as authenticité, with music being a prime focus. In the 1960s West African governmen...

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Author / Creator:Counsel, Graeme.
Imprint:Saabrucken : VDM Verlag, c2009.
Description:v, 290 p. : ill., maps, music ; 22 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Mandingo (African people) -- Music -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- Africa, West -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Griots -- Government policy -- Africa, West.
Musicians -- Africa, West.
Unterhaltungsmusik.
Kulturpolitik.
Griot.
Mandingo (African people) -- Music.
Musicians.
Popular music.
Songs.
Africa, West -- Songs and music -- History and criticism.
Guinea -- Songs and music -- History and criticism.
Mali -- Songs and music -- History and criticism.
Mande.
Westafrika.
Africa, West.
Guinea.
Mali.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format: Dissertations E-Resource Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/8153348
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ISBN:9783639153057
3639153057
Notes:Based on thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Melbourne, 2006.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-210).
Discographies: p. 211-290.
Summary:"During the independence era in West Africa (1958-1984) many nations embarked on ambitious programs aimed at rejuvenating their traditional arts. These programs were realised through new cultural policies such as authenticité, with music being a prime focus. In the 1960s West African governments created dozens of orchestras throughout the region. They paid the musicians a salary, bought them musical instruments, and instructed them to "look at the past" for inspiration. Herein lies the foundation for such famous orchestras as Bembeya Jazz and the Super Rail Band, groups who were at the centre of a cultural renaissance which inspired the whole continent. This book examines the major orchestras and musicians of the independence era, and explains the role of the government and griots in the creation of the new musical styles. The text is supported through biographies of musicians, descriptions of traditional musical instruments, and extensive discographies of African recordings."--Publisher's cover description.

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