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Title:Rhythms of Power: Royal Drumming in Aburi -Akuapem, Ghana
Author(s):Gelfand, Alexander Lyon
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Thomas Turino
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Art History
Abstract:Chapter I provides the historical and ethnographic background needed to understand the array of forces that have shaped court music and the chieftaincy in Akuapem since the late 19th century. Chapter II presents an overview of musical activity in Aburi and explains the mechanics of Akan speech surrogates. Chapter III explores the seemingly conflicting attitudes toward innovation and conservation displayed by Aburi court drummers, who fiercely resist change in repertoire and performance practice yet accept it in the realm of performance context. Chapter IV presents detailed ethnographies of three distinct fontomfrom performance contexts in Aburi, including a festival, a royal funeral and a non-royal funeral; while Chapter V examines the various symbolic roles that fontomfrom plays in these different settings, and considers the manner in which chiefs and commoners alike use fontomfrom to achieve specific social goals.
Issue Date:2000
Description:327 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9971080
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000

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