Transforming Vòdún: Musical Change and Postcolonial Healing in Benin's Jazz and Brass Band Music (Musics in Motion) (Paperback)

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Transforming Vòdún: Musical Change and Postcolonial Healing in Benin's Jazz and Brass Band Music (Musics in Motion) (Paperback)

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Transforming Vòdún examines how musicians from the West African Republic of Benin transform Benin’s cultural traditions, especially the ancestral spiritual practice of vòdún and its musical repertoires, as part of the process of healing postcolonial trauma through music and ritual. Based on fieldwork in Benin, France, and New York City, Sarah Politz uses historical ethnography, music analysis, and participant observation to examine three case studies of brass band and jazz musicians from Benin. The multi-sited nature of this study highlights the importance of mobility, and diasporic connections in musicians’ professional lives, while grounding these connections in the particularities of the African continent, its histories, its people, and its present.  
Sarah Politz is Assistant Professor of Music at The City College of New York.
Product Details ISBN: 9780472055968
ISBN-10: 0472055968
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: September 18th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Musics in Motion