Like a bell pattern urging us to dance, an insistent refrain rings throughout Kofi Agawu’s illuminating new study of traditional, popular, and art. The Graduate Center—CUNY is pleased to announce the appointment of Kofi Agawu to the faculty of the music department. Prof. Agawu is a. Research Interests: Semiotics, West African Music, Western European Music, semiotics, chromaticism, music and language, postcolonial theory, rhythm.

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In this review, I accept kkofi few of these invitations and comment on issues that I consider likely to interest readers of Music Theory Onlineparticularly those who would like to see more attention paid to African music and musical thought in teaching, research, and music theory broadly conceived. The chapter on form begins with an outline of twenty-six brief excerpts that Agawu often discusses at the first meeting of an undergraduate survey course —49fifteen agawh which are from West Africa and six from Central Africa.

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I do not see this focus on West and Central Africa as a shortcoming: Transcriptions of the words to five of the online recordings are helpful, though the tones that distinguish syllables in tone languages are not marked, leaving it to readers to imitate differences that we hear on the recordings good exercise!


While the book is primarily concerned with traditional music, he also guides readers through well-chosen examples of African popular and art musics.

To be sure, the engagement of prominent composers of art music in scholarly research is pertinent, and documentation of those engagements is more readily available than documentation of how the far more numerous creators and performers of popular music have represented and transformed traditional resources.

Those who, like myself, do not regard those boundaries as universal will not feel obliged to assign every musical utterance to a tone system. This topic deserves a aagawu fuller treatment in an introduction to the African imagination in music.

Kofi Agawu Appointed to GC Faculty

In both cases, his answer is negative. Agawu is concerned throughout the book to correct what he regards as false or misleading interpretations, many of which he rightly sees as consequences of colonial rule and the postcolonial aftermath.

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University of Chicago Press. Koofi Music Studies, 7. The Technologizing of the Word. Akustische, tonometrische und psychoakustische Studien auf vergleichender Grundlage.

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