Ancient Text Messages of the Yoruba Bata Drum: Cracking the by Amanda Villepastour

By Amanda Villepastour

The bata is among the most vital and consultant percussion traditions of the folk 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 study awareness than its African predecessor. even supposing the bata is among the oldest identified Yoruba drumming traditions, the drum and its particular language at the moment are surprising to many modern Yoruba humans. Amanda Villepastour presents the 1st educational examine of the bata's communique know-how and the frilly coded spoken language of bata drummers, which they confer 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, eventually, how listeners (and which listeners) extract linguistic that means from what's drummed. the outline and research of this distinctive musical method provides considerably to what's recognized approximately bata drumming in particular, Yoruba drumming usually, speech surrogacy in song and coded structures of conversing. This ebook will charm not just to ethnomusicologists and anthropologists, but additionally to linguists, drummers and people attracted to African Studies.

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