ISBN 9783905758832
Pages 206
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations and Colour Photographs
Published 2017
Publisher Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Namibia
Format Paperback

The Changing Faces of Aawambo Musical Arts

by Minette Mans

How does a peoples’ music reflect their history, their occupations, cultural beliefs and values?

These are the core questions that this book addresses in relation to the Aawambo people of Namibia. The author, herself born and bred in Namibia, brings to the fore the nuanced views of different people, describing their personal musical experiences — past as well as present. This is the first time that the music and stories of contemporary Namibian musicians is shared alongside those of the elderly. Similarly, it is the first time that some of the traditional Aawambo dances are analysed and described, abundantly illustrated with colourful photographs and several songs. Based on years of personal research, this book will appeal to research scholars, students and other interested readers alike, since its style is accessible but detailed, personal yet objective. Recommended for all those interested in culture, anthropology, the arts, and Namibian studies.

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About the Author

Minette Mans

Minette Mans is a Namibian born academic, previously Associate Professor in the field of music, dance and education. She has published several books and many scientific articles that often cover the field from a Namibian perspective, and has performed field research mainly in the northern regions of the country. Her national and international experience as educator, writer and consultant has come to fruition in this easy to read, yet information laden book about the music of her country.  

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