"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.
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Michelle Kisliuk is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Virginia. She has taught at the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Brown University. She earned her Ph.D. in performance studies at New York University and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis.
"I found this work to be tremendously exhilarating, precisely because it provides such a clear window on another culture, and on the entire process by which 'we' and 'they' mutually construct our identities in the modern world."--Scott DeVeaux, University of Virginia
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11019514404X