Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Volume 12: Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Heidi Feldman (Editor), David Horn (Editor), John Shepherd (Editor), Gabrielle Kielich (Editor)

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The EPMOW Genre volumes contain entries on the genres of music that have been or currently are popular in countries and communities all over the world. Included are discussions on cultural, historical and geographic origins; technical musical characteristics; instrumentation and use of voice; lyrics and language; typical features of performance and presentation; historical development and paths and modes of dissemination; influence of technology, the music industry and political and economic circumstances; changing stylistic features; notable and influential performers; and relationships to other genres and sub-genres.

This volume, on the music of Sub-Saharan Africa, features a wide range of entries and in-depth essays. All entries conclude with a bibliography, discographical references and discography, with additional information on sheet music listings and visual recordings. Written and edited by a team of distinguished popular music scholars and professionals, this is an exceptional resource on the history and development of popular music.

This and all other volumes of the Encyclopedia are now available through an online version of the Encyclopedia: A general search function for the whole Encyclopedia is also available on this site. A subscription is required to access individual entries. Please see:
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages656
ISBN (Electronic)9781501342042, 9781501342035
ISBN (Print)9781501342028
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

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