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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 13 books in this booklist

  • Cover image of book Notes from Africa: A Musical Journey with Youssou N
    Notes from Africa: A Musical Journey with Youssou N'Dour - by Jenny Cathcart

    £12.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781789650471 | ISBN 10: 178965047x

    Notes from Africa traces the rise of popular music on the continent - beginning in the 1980s when the term 'world music' was coined as a marketing label and African musicians, notably Youssou N'Dour and his contemporaries, began to appear on the inte ... more

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  • Cover image of book Highlife Giants: West African Dance Band Pioneers by John Collins
    Highlife Giants: West African Dance Band Pioneers - by John Collins

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781911115298 | ISBN 10: 1911115294

    As West Africa’s oldest form of popular music, highlife was the soundtrack of the independence era. Its influence still resonates today.   Highlife Giants is an intimate portrait of the pioneering artistes of West Africa’s music scene from the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Dub in Babylon: Understanding the Evolution and Significance of Dub Reggae in Jamaica and Britain by Christopher Partridge
    Dub in Babylon: Understanding the Evolution and Significance of Dub Reggae in Jamaica and Britain - by Christopher Partridge

    £19.95   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781845533120 | ISBN 10: 1845533127

    Dub reggae and the techniques associated with it have, since the late-1980s, been used widely by producers of dance and ambient music. However, the term was originally applied to a remixing technique pioneered in Jamaica as far back as 1967. Recordin ... more

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  • Cover image of book Away from the Light of Day by Amadou and Mariam, Idrissa Keta, Ann Wright
    Away from the Light of Day - by Amadou and Mariam, Idrissa Keta, Ann Wright

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781901927450 | ISBN 10: 1901927458

    The magic couple Amadou and Mariam are one of the most loved and successful acts to come out of Africa this century, but their story is not one of overnight success. They have been singing their warm notes for more than thirty years.   This au ... more

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  • Cover image of book Rumba Rules: The Politics of Dance Music in Mobutu
    Rumba Rules: The Politics of Dance Music in Mobutu's Zaire - by Bob W. White

    £20.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780822341123 | ISBN 10: 0822341123

    Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) from 1965 until 1997, was fond of saying happy are those who sing and dance, and his regime energetically promoted the notion of culture as a national resource. During this pe ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Garland Handbook of African Music (Second Edition) by Edited by Ruth M. Stone
    The Garland Handbook of African Music (Second Edition) - by Edited by Ruth M. Stone

    £51.99   book with CD   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780415961028 | ISBN 10: 0415961025

    The Garland Handbook of African Music is comprised of essays from The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Volume 1, Africa (1997). Revised and updated, the essays offer detailed, regional studies of the different musical cultures of Africa and exam ... more

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  • Cover image of book Masters of the Sabar: Wolof Griot Percussionists of Senegal. by Patricia Tang
    Masters of the Sabar: Wolof Griot Percussionists of Senegal. - by Patricia Tang

    £26.00   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781592134205 | ISBN 10: 1592134203

    Masters of the Sabar is the first book to examine the music and culture of Wolof griot percussionists, masters of the vibrant sabar drumming tradition. Based on extensive field research in Senegal, this book is a biographical study of several generat ... more

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  • Cover image of book Soweto Blues: Jazz, Popular Music and Politics in South Africa by Gwen Ansell
    Soweto Blues: Jazz, Popular Music and Politics in South Africa - by Gwen Ansell

    £24.00   hardback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780826416629 | ISBN 10: 0826416624

    Soweto Blues springs from the voices of dozens of South African jazzmen and women who lived through the apartheid years. From well-known international figures like Hugh Masekela to the neighbourhood heroes of small communities, the book uses the test ... more

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  • Cover image of book Arrest the Music! Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics by Tejumola Olaniyan
    Arrest the Music! Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics - by Tejumola Olaniyan

    £14.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780253217189 | ISBN 10: 0253217180

    A lively study of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, one of Africa's most popular and controversial musicians. The flamboyant originator of the 'Afrobeat' sound and self-proclaimed voice of the voiceless, Fela used music, sharp-tongued lyrics and derisive humour ... more

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  • Cover image of book Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos by Gary Stewart
    Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos - by Gary Stewart

    £25.99   paperback   (2000) - ISBN 13: 9781859843680 | ISBN 10: 1859843689

    Note: this book is now 'print on demand', meaning that the publisher no longer keeps physical copies in stock and instead prints a copy specially when the book is ordered. This may add a slight delay to your order. A snapshot of an era when the cu ... more

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  • Cover image of book Rhythms of Resistance: African Musical Heritage in Brazil by Peter Fryer
    Rhythms of Resistance: African Musical Heritage in Brazil - by Peter Fryer

    £24.99   paperback   (2000) - ISBN 13: 9780745307312 | ISBN 10: 0745307310

    African rhythms are at the heart of contemporary black Brazilian music. Surveying a legacy that encompasses over 400 years, Peter Fryer traces the development of this musical crossover and provides the first in-depth survey of the integration of Afr ... more

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  • Cover image of book Juju: A Social History and Ethnography of an African Popular Music by Christopher Alan Waterman
    Juju: A Social History and Ethnography of an African Popular Music - by Christopher Alan Waterman

    £28.00   paperback   (1990) - ISBN 13: 9780226874654 | ISBN 10: 0226874656

    Now internationally know through the recordings of King Sunny Ade and His African Beats, Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and his Inter-Reformers Band, Segun Adewale, and others, juju music has been produced for more than 50 years by the Yoruba people o ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Healing Drum: African Wisdom Teachings by Yaya Diallo & Mitchell Hall
    The Healing Drum: African Wisdom Teachings - by Yaya Diallo & Mitchell Hall

    £14.99   paperback   (1989) - ISBN 13: 9780892812561 | ISBN 10: 0892812567

    Born in Mali, West Africa, and a member of the Minianka (Bamana) tribe, Yaya Diallo was raised in a culture that works, worships, lives & breathes to the beat of the drum. An instrument for transmitting traditional knowledge among the Minianka, the ... more

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