By Amanda Villepastour

ISBN-10: 0754667537

ISBN-13: 9780754667537

The bata is likely one of the most crucial and consultant percussion traditions of the folks in southwest Nigeria, and is now learnt and played worldwide. In Cuba, their very own bata culture derives from the Yoruba bata from Africa but has had way more learn realization than its African predecessor. even if the bata is without doubt one of the oldest identified Yoruba drumming traditions, the drum and its distinctive language at the moment are strange to many modern Yoruba humans. Amanda Villepastour offers the 1st educational research of the bata's conversation know-how and the frilly coded spoken language of bata drummers, which they consult with as 'ena bata'. Villepastour explains how the bata drummers' speech encoding process hyperlinks into common linguistic houses, unknown to the musicians themselves. The research attracts the direct hyperlinks among what's spoken in Yoruba, how Yoruba is reworked in to the coded language (ena), how ena prescribes the drum strokes and, ultimately, how listeners (and which listeners) extract linguistic which means from what's drummed. the outline and research of this particular musical approach provides considerably to what's recognized approximately bata drumming particularly, Yoruba drumming quite often, speech surrogacy in song and coded platforms of conversing. This publication will charm not just to ethnomusicologists and anthropologists, but additionally to linguists, drummers and people drawn to African Studies.

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