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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As for the supposed absence of abstraction in African thought, this demonstration [of melodic archetypes] should once John Tyrrell and Stanley Sadie, vol. Intercultural Music Studies, 7.

V. Kofi Agawu

lofi By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You could not be signed in. Akustische, agauw und psychoakustische Studien auf vergleichender Grundlage. 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 oofi the far more numerous creators and performers of popular music have represented and transformed traditional resources.

Sign In Forgot password? Stephen Hefling Schirmer, I do not see this focus on West and Central Africa as a shortcoming: In both cases, his answer is negative. 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! Sign in via your Institution Sign in.


Please help by adding reliable sources. Text, Context, Interpretationed. The African Imagination in Music. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

Retrieved from ” https: The Technologizing of the Word. Simon Frith New York: He wrote the book African Rhythm, A Northern Ewe Perspective, which deals with the relationship and interference of the Ewe language and their music in everyday lives revealing agawwu greater horizon for African rhythmic expression.

University of Chicago Press. Essays on Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Musiced. Anthony Pople Cambridge University Press, Distinguished Professor, The Graduate Center. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.

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This demonstration [of core melodic principles] will hopefully disrupt any lingering suspicions that African melody is primitive, inferior, or unsophisticated Views Read Edit View history. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Schauert, Representing Ghanaian Music: He has served on the editorial boards of leading journals in musicology, music theory, African music and ethnomusicology.

Kofi Agawu was born in Ghana, where he received his initial education before studying composition and analysis in the UK and musicology in the US. In this review, I accept a 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.


This page was last edited on 14 Novemberat Victor Kofi Agawuwho publishes as V. Retrieved 22 July Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful.

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. Structural Set Analysis of African Music 2: He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom ina master’s degree in musical analysis from King’s College London inand a Ph.

A Critique of Africanist Ethnomusicology. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. His awards include the Dent Medal inawarded by the Royal Musical Association and International Musicological Society for “outstanding contribution to musicology. He is a Professor of Music at Princeton University. Two Readings, with a Comment on Analysis. Music analysis, musical semiotics, African music, postcolonial theory.