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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in analytical cultural exploration, 23 Mar 1999
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What begins as a primer in African polyrhythm becomes a spiritual quest to understand culture and humanity. Don't skip the endnotes in this impassioned examination of musical tonality and rhythm. Forging a tentative balance between scholarship and interpretation, Chernoff's book addresses the subconscious dynamics of culture, and unwittingly explains "race" more convincingly than the agitprop self-promoters whose explicit goal is to deconstruct the historical consciences of Africans and Europeans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of evaluation and a wonder into the culture, 3 April 2001
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Very interesting, its not as think as you think! Its very specialised, for interest but not a good research tool. Sociology! bah.
It CD takes extracts of particalar music extracts. I think they are too short as its not really an indication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Classics, 14 April 1999
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This is a remarkable work that fits African music into its cultural context and is consistently provocative and enlightening. It's a world music classic, along with such studies as "The Latin Tinge," "The Brazilian Sound" and "Catch a Fire."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A World Music Classic, 15 July 1999
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A pioneering book and eminently useful study. Essential for the world-music fan, along with such volumes as "World Music: The Rough Guide," "Reggae: The Rough Guide" and "The Brazilian Sound."
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