Disconnections

Disconnections

Popular Music Audiences in Freetown, Sierra Leone

eBook - 2012
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This book offers an intriguing account of the complex and often contradictory relations between music and society in Freetown's past and present. Blending anthropological thought with ethnographic and historical research, it explores the conjunctures of music practices and social affiliations and the diverse patterns of social dis/connections that music helps to shape, to (re)create, and to defy in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown. The first half of the book traces back the changing social relationships and the concurrent changes in the city's music life from the first days of the colony in the late 18th century up to the turbulent and thriving music scenes in the first decade of the 21st century. Grounded in this comprehensive historiography of Freetown's socio-musical palimpsest, the second half of the book puts forth a detailed ethnography of social dynamics in the realms of music, calibrating contemporary Freetown's social polyphony with its musical counterpart.
Publisher: Bamenda, Cameroon : Langaa Research & Pub. CIG ; Leiden : African Studies Centre, 2012
ISBN: 9789956728572
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 237 pages) : color illustrations, color maps
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