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ISBN-10: 022662868X
ISBN-13: 9780226628684
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 03/01/2020
Dimensions: 9.90" L, 7.00" W, 1.50" H

The Art of Mbira: Musical Inheritance and Legacy

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Overview

Growing out of the collaborative research of an American ethnomusicologist and Zimbabwean musician, Paul F. Berliner’s The Art of Mbira documents the repertory for a keyboard instrument known generally as mbira. At the heart of this work lies the analysis of the improvisatory processes that propel mbira music’s magnificent creativity.

In this book, Berliner provides insight into the communities of study, performance, and worship that surround mbira. He chronicles how master player Cosmas Magaya and his associates have developed their repertory and practices over more than four decades, shaped by musical interaction, social and political dynamics in Zimbabwe, and the global economy of the music industry. At once a detailed exposition of the music’s forms and practices, it is also an indispensable historical and cultural guide to mbira in a changing world.

Together with Berliner and Magaya’s compendium of mbira compositions, Mbira’s Restless Dance, The Art of Mbira breaks new ground in the depth and specificity of its exploration of an African musical tradition, and in the entwining of the authors’ collaborative voices. It is a testament to the powerful relationship between music and social life–and the rewards of lifelong musical study, performance, and friendship.

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"Berliner and Magaya have been working on this project since the 1990s, and it is unlikely that the world will ever see a deeper dive into the beauties and mysterious nuances of mbira. These volumes mark an extraordinary collaboration between meticulous scholarship and virtuoso musicianship, and also, the fruit of a profound and enduring friendship."–Banning Eyre "Afropop Worldwide"
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Details

ISBN-10: 022662868X
ISBN-13: 9780226628684
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 03/01/2020
Dimensions: 9.90" L, 7.00" W, 1.50" H
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