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By Gerhard Kubik

In 1969 Gerhard Kubik chanced to come across a Mozambican hard work migrant, a miner in Transvaal, South Africa, tapping a cipendani, a mouth-resonated musical bow. A similar device used to be obvious within the palms of a white Appalachian musician who claimed it as a part of his personal cultural background. via connections like those Kubik discovered that the hyperlink among those far-flung musicians is African-American track, the sound that grew to become the blues.

Such discoveries exhibit a story of song evolution for Kubik, a cultural anthropologist and ethnomusicologist. touring in Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, and the USA, he spent 40 years within the box collecting the cloth for Africa and the Blues. during this ebook, Kubik relentlessly lines the distant genealogies of African cultural tune via eighteen African countries, specifically within the Western and critical Sudanic Belt.

Included is a entire map of this cradle of the blues, besides 31 images collected in his fieldwork. the writer additionally provides transparent musical notations and outlines of either African and African American traditions and practices and calls into query the various assumptions approximately which components of the blues have been "European" in beginning and approximately which got here from Africa. designated to this ebook is Kubik's perception into the methods present-day African musicians have followed and enlivened the blues with their very own traditions.

With scholarly care yet with an ease for the final reader, Kubik proposes a completely new concept on blue notes and their origins. Tracing what musical features got here from Africa and what mutations and mergers happened within the Americas, he indicates that the African American culture we name the blues is actually a musical phenomenon belonging to the African cultural world.

Gerhard Kubik is a professor within the division of ethnology and African stories on the college of Mainz, Germany. for the reason that 1983 he has been affiliated with the heart for Social examine of Malawi, Zomba. he's an enduring member of the guts for Black track examine in Chicago and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of significant Britain and eire, London.

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