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Resiliency and Distinction: Beliefs, Endurance and Creativity in the Musical Arts of Continental and Diasporic Africa

Kimasi L Browne and Jean N Kidula, eds.
Published by the MRI Press July 2013

491 pages, ISBN  978-1-933459-06-6

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Foreword by J.H. Kwabena Nketia, Preface by Akin Euba, Contributors: Kimasi L. Browne, Kofi Agawu, Ray A. Briggs, Abimbola Cole, Valerie Dickerson Cordero, Kevin M. Delgado, George Worlasi Kwasi Dor, Clarence Bernard Henry, Birgitta J. Johnson, Jean N. Kidula, Cynthia Tse Kimberlin, James K. Makubuya, Eddie S. Meadows and Brian Schrag.

Kimasi L Browne is Professor of Music and Director of Ethnomusicology and Music Research, Azusa Pacific University (APU). His dissertation topic was cultural identity on the British northern soul scene. He has taught at the University of California, Riverside; Whittier College; California State University, Long Beach and at UCLA. From 2000-2004 he concurrently directed Gospel Choirs at APU and Pomona College in Claremont, CA. He has received the Rose Liegler Graduate Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award (2007), the Accomplished Scholar Award (2012) and the Publication Assistance Grant from APU Faculty Research Council (2012). His publications include "Brenda Holloway: Los Angeles' Contribution to Motown" in California Soul: Music of African Americans in the West (University of California Press 1998) and “Traditional China and African Diasporic Culture: Erhu, APU, and the Gospel of Intercultural Exchange” in Dialogues in Music  - Africa Meets Asia (English and Chinese) (MRI Press 2011). He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar in the Ethnomusicology and Global Culture Summer Institute (2011).

Jean N Kidula is Associate Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA. Her dissertation was titled “Sing and Shine: Religious Popular Music in Kenya.” Her publications include articles on Kenyan ritual and religious folk and popular music, and on music in the African Academy. She has also written on gospel music in North America and Africa. Kidula is a co-author of Music in the Life of the African Church (Baylor University Press, 2008) and a forthcoming monograph, Music in Kenyan Christianity (Indiana University Press).

Table of Contents

  1. "Introduction" by Kimasi L. Browne and Jean N. Kidula
  2. "Bowing the Intellectual Heartstring of Continental and Diasporic Africa: The Enduring and Distinctive Scholarly Work of Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje" by Kimasi L. Browne
  3. "The Minimalist Impulse in African Musical Creativity" by Kofi Agawu
  4. "Pride and Prejudice: How Charley Pride Resolved the Conflict of Race, Culture, and Country Music" by Ray A. Briggs
  5. "Unspeakable Joy!: African American-Style Gospel Choirs in the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China" by Kimasi L. Browne
  6. "Welcome to the United States of Africa: African Nationalism and Hip-Hop Perspectives on Unity in the New Africa" by Abimbola Cole
  7. "Havana: Sounds of Worship, City of Praise" by Valerie Dickerson Cordero
  8. "Folkloric Performance as Simulacrum: Simulation and Hyperreality in the Interpretation of Afro-Cuban Iyesá Music" by Kevin M. Delgado
  9. "Musical and Institutional Mediation of Identities and Spaces by the Ghana Methodist Church Choirs Association in North America" by George Worlasi Kwasi Dor
  10. "Drums, Drumming, and the Sacred Sounds of Silence in the Ga Community of Accra, Ghana, West Africa" by Clarence Bernard Henry
  11. "“Old School Worship”: Celebrating Traditional Music Through Re-enactment" by Birgitta J. Johnson
  12. "Of Spirituals and Songs of the Spirit: Exploring the “Transfer of Function” in the Musicking of African American and Kenyan Christians" by Jean N. Kidula
  13. "A Glimpse into the Past: Documenting the 1996 Musical Instrument Collection of Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia" by Cynthia Tse Kimberlin
  14. "The Kiluka Chordophones: Their Sonic and Non-sonic Cultural Significance" by James K. Makubuya
  15. "Duke Ellington and World Jazz Composition" by Eddie S. Meadows
  16. "How Artists Create Enduring Traditions" by Brian Schrag

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