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Words and songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone : sound motion, blues spirit, and African memory /
Melanie E. Bratcher.
imprint
New York : Routledge, c2007.
description
xvii, 260 p.
ISBN
0415980291
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Book
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imprint
New York : Routledge, c2007.
isbn
0415980291
contents note
Catching the blues spirit -- Musing African memory -- Three women -- Sound motion and spirit.
catalogue key
6172513
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-239), discography (p. 141-143), and index.
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Long Description
This book explores the relationship between three African American women's dance-art-music sensibilities within the context of a Pan African aesthetic.
Main Description
This book explores the relationship between three African American women's dance-art-music sensibilities within the context of a Pan African aesthetic. Its purpose is three-fold: to show commonalities between Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone's lives and original compositions; to codify, examine and evaluate their selected song performances in accordance with the Pan African aesthetic "Nzuri theory/model;" and to illuminate the vast sources of transformational values that aesthetic analysis of African American song performance can foster. Following concordant procedures and principles of Afrocentricity, the study focuses on Smith, Holiday and Simone's performances as part of a whole African artistic and cultural value system. The goal of the Afrocentric methodological structure is to locate relevant African dynamics in songs and to promote knowledge for cultural transformation and continuity. Its use in this study provides meta-criteria for analyzing African American music, which the authorhas used to uniquely argue connections between African cultural memory and African-derived cultural expression.
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Melanie E. Bratcher explores the relationship between three African American women's dance-art-music sensibilities within the context of a Pan African aesthetic.
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This book explores the relationship between three African American women's dance-art-music sensibilities within the context of a Pan African aesthetic. Its purpose is three-fold: to show commonalities between Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone's lives and original compositions; to codify, examine and evaluate their selected song performances in accordance with the Pan African aesthetic "Nzuri theory/model;" and to illuminate the vast sources of transformational values that aesthetic analysis of African American song performance can foster. Following concordant procedures and principles of Afrocentricity, the study focuses on Smith, Holiday and Simone's performances as part of a whole African artistic and cultural value system. The goal of the Afrocentric methodological structure is to locate relevant African dynamics in songs and to promote knowledge for cultural transformation and continuity. Its use in this study provides meta-criteria for analyzing African American music, which the author has used to uniquely argue connections between African cultural memory and African-derived cultural expression.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Catching the Blues Spiritp. 13
Musing African Memoryp. 25
Three Womenp. 49
Sound Motion and Spiritp. 87
Summary and Conclusionp. 133
Discographyp. 141
Life Profile Matrixp. 145
Life Profile Matrix: Analytical Categories Quantified per Singerp. 155
Life Profile Matrix: Analytical Categories Thematically Qualifiedp. 159
Life Profile/Song Matricesp. 163
Discography of Selected Song Performances on CDp. 169
Selected Songs/Prevalent Themes Matricesp. 171
Explanation of Nzuri Model Contextsp. 183
Application of Nzuri to Selected Song Performancesp. 187
Permissionsp. 205
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 223
Glossaryp. 241
Suggested Readingsp. 251
Indexp. 255
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