A Song of Longing: An Ethiopian Journey

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University of Illinois Press, 1991 - Music - 177 pages
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In 1973 Kay Kaufman flew to Ethiopia to do research on music in the villages of the Beta Israel, often called the Falasha or Ethiopian Jews. In A Song of Longing, she reveals how two events, her marriage to a Sephardic Jew in Addis Ababa and the cataclysmic Ethiopian revolution, not only complicated her life but unexpectedly made it possible for her to unravel the complexities of the Beta Israel liturgy and music.

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This narrative offers a rich, descriptive account of the author's study of Ethiopian music and culture from 1973 to 1975. Shelemay's study of the sacred music of Beta Israel and Ethiopian Christian ... Read full review


North to Gondar
In a Beta Israel Village
Life on Benin Sefer

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Kay Kaufman Shelemay (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music at Harvard University and has taught at Columbia, NYU, and Wesleyan. A Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, she is a Past President of the Society for Ethnomusicology. She has received fellowships from numerous institutions, including the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Shelemay s research interests include musical ethnography, music and memory, and Ethiopian music and musicians in their North American diaspora. She is the author of nine books and editions, including Music, Ritual, and Falasha History, which won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and the Prize of the International Musicological Society. An outstanding teacher, Shelemay received an Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Columbia University School of General Studies in 1982, the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize and the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize at Harvard in 2006, and, in 2014, the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award at Harvard. In 2014, Shelemay was elected an Associate Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.

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