The Unity of Music and Dance in World Cultures

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This study surveys music and dance from a global perspective, viewing them as a composite whole found in every culture. To some, music means sound and body movement. To others, dance means body movement and sound. The author examines the complementary connection between sound and movement as an element of the human experience as old as humanity itself.
Music and dance from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the South Pacific are discussed.

About the Author(s)

David Akombo is an associate professor of music at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Bibliographic Details

David Akombo
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 276
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9715-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2269-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Part I: Africa

1. The Bikutsi Dance of Cameroon 3

2. The Egungun Dance of the Yoruba Culture of Nigeria 8

3. The Music and Dance of Côte d’Ivoire 14

4. The Gumboot Dance of South Africa 20

5. The Music and Culture of Botswana 29

6. Dances of the Mbuti People of the Democratic Republic of Congo 36

Part II: The Americas

7. The Bachata Dance of the Dominican Republic 45

8. The Merengue Dance of Latin America 51

9. The Merengue of the Dominican Republic 59

10. Folk and Mento Dance Traditions of Jamaica 68

11. The Reggae Dance of Jamaica 74

12. The Rumba Dance of Cuba 80

13. The Sun Dance of the Plains Indians 88

14. The Hula Dance of the Hula People of Hawaii 94

15. Swing Dancing of New York 101

16. American Jazz 106

17. Popular Dances of Mexico 111

18. The Slave Dances of North America 118

19. The Tango of Argentina 125

20. The Chacarera Dance of Argentina 131

21. The Capoeira Dance of Brazil 136

22. Brazilian Music and Dances 143

Part III: Asia

23. The Odissi, a Classical Indian Dance 151

24. The Bharata Natyam and Kathak Dances of India 158

25. The Kundiman, Sinulog and Tinikling Dances of the Philippines 165

26. The Santacruzan Dance of the Philippines 174

27. The Dances of the Khalkas People of Mongolia 180

28. The Dances of China 186

29. The Shomyo Dance of Japan 191

Part IV: South Pacific

30. The Kapa Haka Dance Tradition of New Zealand 197

31. Australian Aboriginal Music and Dances 203

Part V: Europe

32. The Ballet of Europe 211

33. Igor Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes 217

34. Traditional Music and Dance of Ireland 228

35. The Flamenco Dance Tradition of Spain 240

Part VI: Middle East

36. The Music and Dances of Afghanistan 247

37. The Saray Court Dance of the Turkish People 251

38. Traditional Music of Iraq 257

Index 263