Female Voices from an Ewe Dance-drumming Community in Ghana

Female Voices from an Ewe Dance-drumming Community in Ghana

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James Burns provides a detailed ethnography of a group of female musicians from the Dzigbordi community dance-drumming club from the rural town of Dzodze, located in South-Eastern Ghana. Dzigbordi is part of a genre known as adekede, or female songs of redress, where women musicians critique gender relations in society. Burns uses audio and video interviews, recordings of rehearsals and performances and detailed collaborative analyses of song texts, dance routines and performance practice to address important methodological shifts in ethnomusicology that outline a more humanistic perspective of music cultures. The book will appeal to those interested in African Studies, Gender Studies and Oral Literature, as well as ethnomusicology and includes a DVD documentary.During the first cycle of the song, Sylvia enters the dance space and establishes a circling movement. ... discussed at length in chapter 4 of my PhD thesis: James Burns, a#39;The Beard cannot Tell Stories to the Eyelash: Creative Transformation inanbsp;...

Title:Female Voices from an Ewe Dance-drumming Community in Ghana
Author: James M. Burns
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2009

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