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Multiple Interpretations of Dynamics of Creativity and Knowledge in African Music Traditions

Bode Omojola and George Dor, eds.
Published by the MRI Press August 2005
2nd Printing (revised) MRI Press June 2006

352 pages, 2nd printing revised, ISBN  0-9627473-7-8

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Euba's creative and scholarly work privileges crossover idioms; an intercultural syntax within which village signals are inscribed with transcontinental meanings; the dynamics of change and identity in twentieth century Africa; the interaction between Africa's music traditions and those of the Diaspora. The occasion of his seventieth birthday provides us with an opportunity to examine some of the themes that seek to redefine new directions in African musicology and beyond.

In this collection of essays, the authors explore the nexus between creativity and knowledge, old and new music traditions, and local and global perspectives-themes, which constantly resonate with Euba's work. These scholars have drawn from multiple perspectives-reflecting their diverse and transcendental cultural and academic orientations as African/Africanist musicologists and ethnomusicologists; as composers, performers, and analysts of intercultural art music; as advocates of Black Diaspora studies. 

Contributors: Meki Nzewi, Kofi Agawu, Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Cynthia Tse Kimberlin, Mosunmola Omibiyi-Obidike, Anne Boyd, Joshua Uzoigwe, Denise A. Seachrist, Robert Metil, Jean Ngoya Kidula, Oyebade Dosunmu, Bode Omojola, and George Dor.

Bode Omojola obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Leicester, England. He is presently Five College Assistant Professor of Music at Mount Holyoke College. 

George Worlasi Kwasi Dor (Ph. D., University of Pittsburgh, PA) is the Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Chair of Ethnomusicology and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Mississippi.


Table of Contents

  1. "Empowering the Neglected Voices in Ethnomusicology: Euba's Contribution" by George Dor (Ghana/USA)
  2. "Akin Euba: The African Art Music Composer at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, 1970 - 1977" by Mosunmola Omibiyi-Obidike (Nigeria)
  3. "African Pianism, Creative Ethnomusicology, and Intercultural Musicology: The Theories of Euba Perceived in the Music of Halim El-Dabh" by Denise A. Seachrist (USA)
  4. "Modern Art Music In Africa: Whose Modernism?" by Meki Nzewi (Nigeria)
  5. "From Philips to Euba: Interculturalism in the Work of Nigerian Composers" by Oyebade Dosunmu (Nigeria/USA)
  6. "Intercultural Expressions and 'Creative Ethnomusicology' in the Music of Peter Sculthorpe" by Anne Boyd (Australia)
  7. "African Elements of Total Theater in the Works of Mississippi Bluesman Charley Patton, or Pathways through 'the Famous Delta Haze'" by Robert Metil (USA)
  8. "Analyzing Black Gospel Music: Notes on the Rev. James Cleveland's Rendition of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus'" by Kofi Agawu (Ghana/USA)
  9. "Folklore, Cultural Meaning and Text-Setting in Modern Yoruba Vocal Music by Bode Omojola (Nigeria/USA)
  10. "Orchestra Ethiopia 1963-1975: Halim El-Dabh, Catalyst for Music Innovation and Preservation" by Cynthia Tse Kimberlin (USA)
  11. "Christian Music as Indigenous African: Appropriation and Accommodation" by Jean Ngoya Kidula (Kenya)
  12. "Melodic Commutation and Concurrent Pitch Sonorities in Ewe Songs: A Pre-compositional Resource for African Art Music" by George Dor (Ghana/USA)
  13. "Ilulu Nkwa (Song Proverb): A Structural Analysis of Ukom Drum Performance" by Joshua Uzoigwe (Nigeria)
  14. "African Musicology: Current Research and Future Directions" by Jacqueline Cogdell Djedje (USA).  
 

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