The musical genre of taarab is played for entertainment at weddings and other festive occasions all along the Swahili Coast in East Africa. Taarab contains all the features of a typical 'Indian Ocean' music, combining influences from Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, India and the West with local musical practices. In Taarab, Music in Zanzibar, Janet Topp Fargion traces the development of the genre in Zanzibar, from the late nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. Of special interest is the role of women. Although men play the main role in the composition and performance of the genre, Topp Fargion argues that the modernization of the genre owes a debt to the participation of women - as audiences and primary consumers, but also as poets and innovators of musical concepts. The book weaves together the historical, social, economic, religious and political dynamics involved in the development of the genre, and investigates how these are played out in the performance of taarab music on Zanzibar.
You never forget your first love.... With her eye for design and her cut-glass accent, no-one would guess Beth Forrest's impoverished background. It's all throw pillows, china patterns, and upper class brides as she manages the Wedding Registry at Pettett & Mayfield, the stately maiden aunt of London department stores. When physics professor James Tetherton-Hart, brilliant in his lab but awkward and disorganised in everyday life, comes to the store in need of both a gift and a partner for a wedding and recognises her, all her careful plans and meticulous checklists are turned upside down. Now her first love is back, determined to make her his partner for life, not just the evening. But unless Beth can let go of the mistaken beliefs that separated them in the past, and appreciate the depth and breadth of God's love for us all, her only gift from the wedding will be another heartbreak. Book 1 in the Love In Store series of sweet inspirational romances. WARNING The Wedding List is a Christian romance! Please don't buy this book if you are offended by the G-bomb (God), Jesus, and mention of prayer, church, or the Bible. Includes Halloween costumes, kissing, and a hint of gentle slapstick humour, as well as British spelling and English use!
James Grier documents the musical activities of Adâ€šmar de Chabannes, eleventh-century monk, historian, homilist and tireless polemicist for the apostolic status of Saint Martial, patron saint of the abbey that bore his name in Limoges. Adâ€šmar left behind some 451 folios of music with notation in his autograph hand, a musical resource without equal before the seventeenth century. He introduced, at strategic moments, pieces familiar from the standard liturgy for an apostle and items of his own composition. These reveal Adâ€šmar to be a supremely able designer of liturgies and a highly original composer. This study analyzes his accomplishments as a musical scribe, compiler of liturgies, editor of existing musical works and composer; it also offers a speculative consideration of his abilities as a singer; and finally, it places Adâ€šmar's musical activities in the context of liturgical, musical and political developments at the abbey of Saint Martial in Limoges.
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