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Orwin, Martin (2019) 'Somalia: History, Culture, and Geography of Music.' In: Sturman, Janet, (ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. London, UK: SAGE.

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Somali society is composed of three major socioeconomic groups: nomadic pastoralists, sedentary agriculturalists, and townspeople. This is reflected in musical culture. The nomadic population traditionally has no musical instrument accompaniment to poetry/song other than, for some types, the use of makeshift drums, handclapping, and foot-stamping. The agriculturalists in the southern-central regions play the shareero, a bowl lyre of a type found throughout East Africa. The communities in the southern coastal towns share some distinct cultural traits including some musical traditions. This entry provides a brief introduction to some of these shared traditional forms and practices of music in Somali.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISBN: 9781483317755
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Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 15:40
Related URLs: https://uk.sage ... (Publisher URL)

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