- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Ambassador International; 1st Edition edition (January 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620200376
- ISBN-13: 978-1620200377
- Package Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,494,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adventures In Music and Culture: Travels of an Ethnomusicologist in West Africa Paperback – January 18, 2013
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About the Author
Rob Baker is originally from the UK, where he grew up as a Baptist minister s son and initially became a school teacher. Later on, he trained as an ethnomusicologist with the Summer Institute of Linguistics and spent eight years living and working in West Africa. He has led workshops and taught about music and the arts in seven different countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. In Benin, he also carried out extensive research into the appropriation of voodoo song styles for Christian worship, and wrote a thesis on the subject. In his home culture, he regularly leads worship from the piano, and has composed a few dozen of his own songs.
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The reason for the author's journeys was to help preserve indigenous musical styles. Consequently, his respect for the cultures is clear, as is the warmth with which he speaks of the different people with whom he has worked. The descriptions of the characters and lifestyles encountered are always respectful, despite the occasional frustration of a Westerner confronted by African laissez-faire.
All in all, `Adventures' is an enjoyable book, providing snapshots into a very different world.