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Music 302, Week 5 Notes

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Mbuti Music, Shona People Intro
Music in World Culture
H. Kaufman
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Date Created: 09/26/16
Week 5 Music 302: Music in World Culture Jali Instruments 1. Balafon (wood sound) -Xylophone with gourd resonators (to create the buzz) used to use spider egg filaments on the gourds, now use rolling paper or thin plastic -Played with gum mallets on keys of different lengths -sit or stand 2. Kontingo ('Ngoni more common) -5 string lute with a skin face skin used to be snakeskin, now is goatskin strings used to be horsehair, now are fishing line -portable -plucked -top string is the highest pitch and usually vice versa -usually played sitting -neck goes through the body of the instruments -precursor to the banjo (which was brought to the U.S. through the slave trade) 3. Kora (unique to Mande) -21 strings with a raised bridge -hybrid of the harp and lyre -3 octave range -gourd body -cowskin face -both hands needed to play -pluck -metal plate for buzz Basic Song Components Voice Styles 1. Sataro -improvised declamatory style--sounds like speech -prophetic proclamations -proverbs -wit/wisdom -root of rap 2. Donkilo -pre-composed basic melody of a song--sounds like singing Instrumental 1. Birmintingo -improvised virtuosic instrumental--interludes 2. Kumbengo -short, pre-composed, repeated instrumental patterns (ostinato) Key Mande Concepts 1. Power in words/wisdom; verbal artistry greatly admired 2. Jali--male or female; more men play and more women sing -hereditary -professionals and specialists -soloists or small groups -use of core and elaboration parts The Mbuti/Bambuti -Cultural group--Mbuti or 'forest people' -Small stature--adults are usually under five feet, the shortest known humans good for navigating the forest quickly and easily -Ituri Rainforest most populated with Mbuti -Congo Basin -Don't hold on to things, even language 4 Characteristics 1. Nomadic: move around a lot because of resource depletion, hunting, and weather 2. Hunter-gatherers: antelope and birds using bows, spears, and nets 3. Travel: live in small to medium groups of 20-40 people can be traced to a single lineage 4. Egalitarian: All members are socially and politically equal no authority/central government specialists certain roles--everyone is needed, all work together Music -No musical specialists -Few musical instruments--see possessions as anchors that hold back -Used to communicate with the spiritual world -Two main categories of music: 1. Vocal: most valued, all participate -Hocket: interlocking pitches between two or more sounds sources combined to create single melody/part pitch interlock creates melody -Yodeling: rapid alteration between normal and falsetto voice 2. Instrumental: solo/small group examples: flute, lukembi, musical sticks, water drum, forest harp -Characteristics used in instrumental and vocal: 1. Interlock and ostinato (short repeated patterns) 2. Call and response (leadership can shift -Two main types of music: 1. Self-Delectative: music for pleasure of the performer--usually instrumental 2. Communal/Ceremonial: Usually tied to ritual function and usually vocal -If something goes wrong, the Mbuti believe the forest is asleep and awaken it with song and ritual example: Molimo Ceremony (major ritual) 1. Give thanks to the forest 2. Find balance after a bad event Molimo trumpet: long tubular end, blown aerophone communicates with forest spirits Mbuti Mande -egalitarian society -hierarchical society -no classes -sula and nyamalo classes -emphasize singing with little poetry -grand singing traditions with word or word crafting crafting, proverbs, poetry; lineage/meaning important -no specialists; everyone participates -specialists and non-specialists -more polyphonic, more voice -more homophonic, use instruments Shona People -Cultural Group -Currently in Zimbabwe, parts of Mozambique and Zambia -Ethnolinguistic group--Bantu -Zimbabwe--stone built (Great Zimbabwe) -Harare (formerly Salisbury)--capital of Zimbabwe


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