Ancient Text Messages of the Yoruba Bata Drum: Cracking the by Amanda Villepastour

By Amanda Villepastour

The bata is without doubt one of the most vital and consultant percussion traditions of the folk in southwest Nigeria, and is now learnt and played all over the world. In Cuba, their very own bata culture derives from the Yoruba bata from Africa but has had way more learn awareness than its African predecessor. even though the bata is among the oldest recognized Yoruba drumming traditions, the drum and its particular language are actually surprising to many modern Yoruba humans. Amanda Villepastour presents the 1st educational examine of the bata's conversation know-how and the frilly coded spoken language of bata drummers, which they seek advice from as 'ena bata'. Villepastour explains how the bata drummers' speech encoding procedure hyperlinks into common linguistic houses, unknown to the musicians themselves. The research attracts the direct hyperlinks among what's spoken in Yoruba, how Yoruba is reworked in to the coded language (ena), how ena prescribes the drum strokes and, eventually, how listeners (and which listeners) extract linguistic which means from what's drummed. the outline and research of this special musical process provides considerably to what's identified approximately bata drumming in particular, Yoruba drumming usually, speech surrogacy in tune and coded structures of talking. This publication will attraction not just to ethnomusicologists and anthropologists, but additionally to linguists, drummers and people drawn to African Studies.

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