Sukuma Labor Songs from Western Tanzania: We Never Sleep, We Dream of Farming

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BRILL, 2010 - History - 535 pages
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This volume is an interpretive analysis of a collection of 335 song texts treated as primary historical sources. The collection highlights the cultural practices that link music with labor in Sukuma communities in northwestern Tanzania. These linkages are evident in the music of the elephant, snake, and porcupine hunting associations that flourished in the precolonial epoch, in the nineteenth-century regional and long-distance porter associations, and in the farmer associations that have proliferated since the beginning of the twentieth century. Acting primarily as an interpretive editor, the author collaborated with several Tanzanian scholars and translators towards fine-tuning the translation of these texts into English, and gathered testimonies in order to create succinct interpretive statements about the songs.
  

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Contents

Songs of the Bayeye Snake Hunters and the Banuunguli
25
Songs of the Bayege Elephant Hunters
73
Songs of the Baja Nyalaja Lake Eyasi Salt Caravaners
112
Songs of the Bapagati LongDistance Porters
121
Songs of the Askaris Conscripted Soldiers
152
Songs of Reciprocal Village Labor
171
Songs of the Bagobogobo Skin Wearers
226
Songs of the Bagobogobo in Praise of the Hoe
264
Songs Concerning the War against Idi Amin
395
Songs of Praise for the CCM since Julius Nyereres
406
Songs of the Basungusungu Village Vigilante
435
The Fluidity of Sukuma Musical Labor
453
Bibliographic Sources
487
Indices
497
Geographical Index
524
Collector Index
530

Songs of Nationalist Praise for TANU Julius Nyerere
332
Songs of Political Discourse during the Ujamaa Epoch
354

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About the author (2010)

Frank Gunderson, Ph.D. (1999), is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Florida State University. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Tanzania, and has produced the CD "Tanzania: Farmer Composers of North West Tanzania" (Multicultural Media, 1997). He has published articles and reviews in "Ethnomusicology" and "Africa Today," is a recent guest editor of "The World of Music," and has co-edited the book "Mashindano!: Competitive Music Performance in East Africa" (Mkukina Nyota Press/African Books Collective LTD, 2000).

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