South African Music: A Century of Traditions in Transformation (World Music Series)

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Write a review Rate this item: 1 2 3 4 5. Part Three, Focusing In, takes the reader into the heart of two musical cultures with case studies on South African jazz and the music of the Zulu-language followers of Isaiah Shembe. The accompanying CD offers vivid examples of traditional, popular, and classical South African musical styles. Get A Copy. Published January 1st by Routledge first published January 1st More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Whatever knowledge I have of African music has been built on the foundation that Bernard generously shared with me over a period of 25 years. My grandpa was the rock of our extended family and instilled in all of his children and grandchildren both a joy of life and a tremendous work ethic. While the passing of these three giants has left a void in my heart, I know that I will carry their spirits with me as I continue to teach, play music, and work as hard as I possibly can to make this world a better place.

The funerals celebrating the lives of Vincent Khapoya and my grandpa were special events full of both sorrow and joy.

At the same time, we will be holding two special memorials in the US for our Jumbie brother. This time of grieving has also been a time of new beginnings. I recently debuted a new music ensemble, the Stone Sound Collective.

I wrote this composition, Mwalimu teacher , for Vincent Khapoya in celebration of his retirement from the Oakland University. This video was my final performance with Bernard. Jeyasingham together with the OU percussion ensemble and world percussion ensemble, presenting a program of percussion music from Asia. The concert will include music from India and Japan, as well as works by American composers inspired by Asian music traditions.

Originally from Sri Lanka, OU Carnatic percussion instructor Sam Jeyasingam is a virtuoso performer and master teacher of several Indian percussive art forms. Then next week distinguished professor emeritus from Northern Illinois University, Robert Chappell, will be in residence with our world music ensembles. We will be taking part in a special performance to celebrate World Dance Day together with the Indian classical dance group, Maitrii.

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Please spread the word about these events and I hope to see you there! While honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. As someone dedicated to a world embracing vision of humanity, it is heartbreaking to hear the vitriol in our public discourse that routinely describes people of a country, culture, or religion as somehow inferior.

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And as an artist-educator, I refuse to be silent on this issue! However, in following the teachings of Dr. This special program has been created to bring our community together and celebrate the oneness of humanity. Following the program, there will be a reception and post-concert discussion led by OU religious studies faculty. It was a blast catching up with so many friends at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis last month. Both events were stellar. At Oakland University, we are wrapping up another successful semester this weekend with two terrific programs featuring my drum brother, Chinelo Amen-Ra.

Chi and I first met many years ago when we were both students of the late, great Modibo Kieta, one of the finest drummers to ever come from Michigan. Chinelo has truly followed in the footsteps of our master teacher and has become a master djembe and conga drummer in his own right. It is a great pleasure to welcome him to Oakland University as our guest artist! Just like that summer is long gone and we are in the middle of October.

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The festival, run by Joan Lithgow and Education Africa, uses the magic of marimba and steel pan music to foster social cohesion in South Africa. I helped organize and will be performing in a very special event this weekend. Each of these groups have been commissioned to write a new work for the celebration.

As a result, the program will feature a total of seven world premieres! It is open to everyone and admission is free. If you are in Michigan, please join us for this unique, not-to-be-missed concert! Admission is FREE and refreshments will be served after the program. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our recent Soul Food program in Pontiac. It was another joyous celebration of diverse cultures and spiritual traditions.

Wishing you a summer filled with joy, music, family, and friends. I hope you can join us for another inspirational and spiritually uplifting afternoon of music. Please help spread the word about this community event! The winter semester at Oakland University has been a joyous whirlwind of teaching and music making. Our Soul Food event, which took place this past January, was a huge success. Because it was such an inspirational and spiritually uplifting afternoon, we have decided to do it again!

We are looking for sponsors for Soul Food with the hopes of making this an ongoing series. If you, your business, or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring this initiative through the non-profit Pontiac Creative Art Center please contact me. As always, thanks for supporting the music and I hope to see you at an upcoming show! Having studied the gyil xylophone for the past 25 years, completing this initiation was a major milestone. In , it is my goal to channel this spiritual growth as a Baha'i, father, and Goba into both my music and community work.

As I attempt to meet this resolution, I'm kicking off the new year with two very special events. The purpose of this free event is to provide encouragement to our community through the healing power of music. Six different groups, representing a diverse range of cultural and spiritual traditions, will share their music and its message of peace and unity. Incorporating elements of jazz, folk, blues, hip-hop, rock and traditional Native American music, Spirits Rising shares music from the heart that inspires and uplifts.

The duo is joined onstage by world-renowned musicians and Native American dancers. Together they weave traditional Native American culture into a powerful tapestry of contemporary music and rhythm, integrating diverse influences from the four directions. The fall semester is grooving right along. The success of my own teaching is built upon a foundation given to me by many generous teachers who have shared their musical passion. It is truly a privilege to get up every day and pass this rich gift of music on to the next generation.

The month of November is quite special, as I will be working together with three of my musical mentors. My very first professor at the University of Ghana back in was the multi-talented Paschal Younge. In addition to being a master Anlo-Ewe drummer, Paschal is a highly accomplished composer and brass band director. We will be reinterpreting compositions from the classical music canon, ranging from Mozart to Reich. My trip to Ecuador this past summer was a wonderful experience. Throughout my Ecuador trip, I enjoyed a lot of quality time with my predecessor at Oakland University, Prof.

Doc and his awesome wife Diane hosted me at their home in Cumbaya. I hope to see you soon. This past month was intense, the most challenging of my life. I am thrilled to be getting back to playing some music in the month ahead. The operation was a success, and he spent the next 10 days of his life recovering at U of M.

During this traumatic time, we received an incredible outpouring of love from all over the globe. This free concert will feature exciting steelband music performed by Lesley-Anne Stone lead pan , Pat Prouty bass , Miguel Gutierrez percussion , and myself double second pans. More details can be found here. At the end of July, I will be traveling to Ecuador to present a solo performance and workshops at the 11th International Percussion and Educational Festival in Quito.

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It has been a whirlwind month with nonstop performing and teaching, but I am thankful for the opportunity to work with so many incredible artists and to teach such dedicated students. Here is a short sample of our work together. Details can be found here. These concerts are not to be missed! Two weeks ago, I enjoyed performing at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival the largest festival of Indian music outside of India with some of the finest Carnatic musicians in the world.