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Table of contents

Foreword
Preface
CD Track List

Chapter 1: Traveling to West Africa
Journeys Tools
West Africa in Perspective
Music in the Arts and Life
Style Areas
Ideas about Performance
Musical Instruments
Conclusion

Chapter 2: Performance Facets
Vocal Facets in Epic Performance
Instrumental Facets in Horn Ensemble
Continuity in Performance: Woni Ensemble
Vocal and Instrumental Facets in Bush Clearing Songs
Parallels in the Arts
Faceting: Cutting the Edge
Cloth Pattern
Masks and Carved Figures
Greeting Sequences
Obscuring Facets

Chapter 3: Voices: Layered Tone Colors
Timbre in African Music
Instruments: The Sounds of a Triangular Frame-zither
The Centrality of the Voice
Instruments: Musical Bow
Sound Texture in Epic
Social Resonance
Other Timbral Dimensions of Sound
Symbolic Associations of Tone Color
Cloth Color

Chapter 4: Part-Counterpart: Call and Response
Call and Response Variations

Non-Overlapping Call and Response
Rice Planting Song
Children's Counting Song
Kpelle Rubber Camp Music
Entertainment Love Song

Overlapping Call and Response
Musical Dramatic Folktale (Chante Fable)
Epic Performance
Dialogic Relationships

Resonance
Drummer-Supporting Drummer

Gifts that Keep the Performance Going
Chief-Counterpart
Poro-Sande

Chapter 5: Time and Polyrhythm
A Master Drummer's Life History
Fitting the Pieces Together

Rhythmic Patterns in the Epic
Contingency
Action

Inner Time
Kpelle Performance in Liberia
The Island of Lamu, East Africa
The Shona of Southern Africa
The Spiritual World

The Larger Process
Life History
Time in Local Life
Balancing the Quantitative and Qualitative

Chapter 6: Surveying the Trip: Cutting the Edge
Central Themes

Glossary
References
Resources
Index



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