BOOKS: Music
Abyssinie Swing: A Pictorial History of Modern Ethiopian Music
Francis Falceto

Ethiopian music has a rich and diverse musical tradition that stretch back thousands of years. Abyssinie Swing profiles and follows the history of Ethiopian music through the religious and the secular, from the music of the traditional azmaris to the advent of Amha Records in the early 1970s. Illustrated with beautiful photographs and written by Francis Falceto, internationally recognised expert on Ethiopian music and editor of the acclaimed Ethiopiques compact disc compilation series, this is the definitive guide to the history and culture of Ethiopian music. Praised in The Beat (UK), SPIN (US), and Vanity Fair magazines, Falceto is globally recognised as the leading authority on Ethiopian music

Roots of Black Music: The Vocal, Instrumental & Dance Heritage of Africa & Black America
Ashenafi Kebede

An authoritative, fascinating study of the origins of black music, reflecting the author's own life experiences growing up in Ethiopia, first-hand knowledge acquired through fieldwork in Africa, and a wealth of research findings in the United States, this book traces the development of songs, instrumental music, dance, blues, and jazz. Included are biographical sketches of some of the most outstanding musicians of Africa and North America. Dr. Kebede also discusses urban music and the impact of the communications media on traditional forms of black music.

The Music of Africa
J.H. Kwabena. Nketia

The study of African music is a study at once of unity and diversity. The range of indigenous musical resources and practices found on the vast continent is as wide and varied as its topography. In this informative and highly readable book, Project Nketia provides an overview of the musical traditions of Africa with respect to their historical, cultural, and social backgrounds, their organization and practice, and delineates the most significant aspects of musical styles. The book is organized into four sections. The first deals in non-technical terms with African musical traditions, music in community life, performing groups and their place in the social structure, and discusses the recruiting and training of performers. The second sections provide illuminating descriptions of the musical instruments indigenous to the various cultures, while the third gives detailed analyses of the vocal and instrumental music-melody, polyphony, rhythm, structure, etc. Finally, a description of music in relation to its neighbor arts rounds out this comprehensive examination of a little-known and much-misunderstood subject. The book is richly illuminated with music examples and photographs; maps are provided to help the reader unfamiliar with the societies, ethnic groups and countries of Africa.