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Title: MUSICAL PERFORMANCE AND SELF-DESIGNATION OF ETHIOPIAN MINSTRELS: AZMARI
Authors: KAWASE, Itsushi
Keywords: Musical activities
Azmari
Self-imposed group markers.
Issue Date: Mar-2005
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African study monographs. Supplementary issue.
Volume: 29
Start page: 137
End page: 142
Abstract: The performance of Ethiopian minstrels (Azmari) in the Gondar area of Northern Ethiopia can be seen in various social settings including life cycle celebrations, annual events of the Ethiopian Orthodox church, Zar-spirit possession, etc. The abundance of musical activities counters the dominant image of Azmari as musicians just found in local bars. Moreover, Azmari in Gondar share a self-designation based on genealogical ties. The paper treats their folk category as well as genealogy and code of communication as self-imposed group markers that strictly distinguish the in-group. The paper tries to reconstruct the people who have been known as "Azmari" from the above perspectives.
DOI: 10.14989/68437
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2433/68437
Appears in Collections:29 (Environment, Livelihood and Local Praxis in Asia and Africa)

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