Africa and the Blues by Gerhard Kubik

By Gerhard Kubik

In 1969 Gerhard Kubik chanced to come across a Mozambican hard work migrant, a miner in Transvaal, South Africa, tapping a cipendani, a mouth-resonated musical bow. A similar software was once visible within the arms of a white Appalachian musician who claimed it as a part of his personal cultural history. via connections like those Kubik discovered that the hyperlink among those far-flung musicians is African-American track, the sound that grew to become the blues.

Such discoveries exhibit a story of song 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 booklet, Kubik relentlessly strains the distant genealogies of African cultural song via eighteen African international locations, particularly within the Western and significant Sudanic Belt.

Included is a finished map of this cradle of the blues, besides 31 images 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 numerous assumptions approximately which parts of the blues have been "European" in foundation and approximately which got here from Africa. specified 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 conception on blue notes and their origins. Tracing what musical qualities 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 actually a musical phenomenon belonging to the African cultural world.

Gerhard Kubik is a professor within the division of ethnology and African stories on the college of Mainz, Germany. considering 1983 he has been affiliated with the heart for Social examine of Malawi, Zomba. he's an enduring member of the guts for Black track study in Chicago and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of significant Britain and eire, London.

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