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ERIC Number: EJ1020569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1048-3713
Traditional Music of East Africa: Experiencing "Ngoma" in Tanzania
Howard, Karen
General Music Today, v27 n3 p44-46 Apr 2014
The concept of ngoma is present throughout Eastern and Southern Africa. Ngoma refers to the tradition of expression via music, drumming, dance, and storytelling. History, values, education, and even identity can be transmitted between generations. This article traces the experiences of a music teacher from the United States traveling and studying in Tanzania, East Africa. In the small village of Chamwino, a traditional music festival provides the backdrop for exposure to ngoma. Wagogo culture--particularly a style of drumming for women known as muheme and other traditional instruments--is examined. Suggestions for incorporation in existing curricula are given, as well as available resources related to Wagogo music and other Tanzanian artists.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tanzania
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