Music in West Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture introduces the musical and performance traditions of West Africa, particularly Kpelle music of Liberia. The text discusses the diversity, motifs, and structure of West African music within the larger patterns of West African culture and practice, highlighting those aspects of Kpelle music that are common to many other traditions throughout West Africa.
Framed as a "journey" through Liberia, the text describes how music and dance in West Africa are tied to the fabric of everyday social and political life. The text explains the form, structure and performance context of Kpelle music and also integrates examples from other musical traditions. Drawing upon the author's extensive fieldwork, the text includes eyewitness accounts of performances, interviews with performers, and vivid illustrations. Packaged with the book is a 70-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the text