Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana (BOK)

Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana (BOK)

Steven Feld

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In this remarkable book, Steven Feld, pioneer of the anthropology of sound, listens to the vernacular cosmopolitanism of jazz players in Ghana. Some have travelled widely, played with American jazz greats, and blended Coltrane with local instruments and worldviews. Combining memoir, biography, ethnography, and history, Feld conveys a diasporic intimacy and dialogue that contests American nationalist and Afrocentric narratives of jazz history. His stories of Accra's jazz cosmopolitanism feature Ghanaba/Guy Warren (1923-2008), the eccentric drummer who befriended the likes of Charlie Parker, Max Roach, and Thelonious Monk in the United States in the 1950s, only to return, embittered, to Ghana, where he became the country's leading experimentalist. Others whose stories feature prominently are Nii Noi Nortey, who fuses the legacies of the 1960s and 1970s black avant-gardes with Pan-African philosophy in sculptural shrines to John Coltrane and Coltrane-inspired musical improvisations; the percussionist Nii Otoo Annan, a traditional master inspired by Coltrane's drummers Elvin Jones and Rashied Ali; and a union of Accra truck and minibus drivers whose squeeze-bulb honk horn music for driver funerals resonates with the jazz funerals of New Orleans. Feld describes these artists' cosmopolitan outlook as an "acoustemology," a way of knowing the world through sound.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Steven Feld
Forlag
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780822351627
Antall sider 328 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 23,1cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 517 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Jazz