Myrna Capp s down-to-earth interviews with thirteen musicians from Zimbabwe form the basis of this thought-provoking and informative collection. These are the personal stories of Zimbabwean traditional and pop singers, mbirists, guitarists, pianists, percussionists, dancers, praise poets, jazz musicians, and even an ethnomusicologist. Female and male perspectives are evenly represented, with emphasis upon keeping the true traditional music alive, and reflecting the importance of improvisation. Many sensitive photographs and sketches reflect the Capp family s eight years of interaction with the people. It s a must-own for your personal and institutional library on Africa. --Loran Olsen, Emeritus Professor of Music, Washington State University The music of the Shona of Zimbabwe is certainly one of the most original in Africa, being built on a theoretical system capable of generating an infinite number of outcomes think of the blues sequence ten times richer which only came to the notice of the outside world from the 1960 s onwards. Since then, it has exploded onto the awareness of hundreds of musicians around the world who are keen to follow the completely new route map that it offers for putting together those seven ancient diatonic notes whose possibilities some of us thought had been exhausted. (And this will not be all; Africa still has many surprises up its sleeve!) -- Andrew Tracey, International Library of African Music, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa "A brilliant and beautifully illustrated book that probes the mind and creative spirit of African musicians. A definite must read." --William Chapman Nyaho, Ghanaian-American pianist and independent scholar.
Paperback: 126 pages
Publisher: Africa World Press; First Edition edition (March 23, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces