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Seize the Dance

BaAka Musical Life and the Ethnography of Performance

Seize the Dance by Michelle Kisliuk
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"Pygmy music" has captivated students and scholars of anthropology and music for decades if not centuries, but until now this aspect of their culture has never been described in a work that is at once vividly engaging, intellectually rigorous, and self-consciously aware of the ironies of representation. Seize the Dance! is an ethnomusical study focused on the music and dance of BaAka forest people, who live in the Lobaye region of the Central African Republic. Based on ethnographic research that Michelle Kisliuk conducted from 1986 through 1995, this book describes BaAka songs, drum rhythms, and dance movements--along with their contexts of social interaction--in an elegant narrative that is enhanced by many photographs, musical illustrations, and field recordings on two compact discs.
Oxford University Press; November 1998
256 pages; ISBN 9780195353501
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Title: Seize the Dance
Author: Michelle Kisliuk
 
ISBNs
0195353501
9780195308693
9780195353501