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Two heads of the same drum? Musical narratives within a transatlantic religion

Villepastour, Amanda ORCID: 2009. Two heads of the same drum? Musical narratives within a transatlantic religion. Journal of Transatlantic Studies 7 (3) , pp. 343-362. 10.1080/14794010903069185

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The Nigerian bàtá is a two-headed talking drum (spelled and pronounced batá in Cuba) and provides an apt metaphor and microcosm for the transatlantic conversations and symbiotic relationships between Nigerian and Cuban religious elites involved in the various sects of orisha religion. This article revises Gilroy's Black Atlantic (1993), challenging his term ‘black music’ and the notion that black Atlantic populations are fundamentally unified by shared memories of slavery. Furthermore, this discussion challenges the privileging of text in transatlantic musical studies and argues for the centralising of purely musical data across academic disciplines.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Uncontrolled Keywords: Yor[ugrave]bá music ; bata drums ; orisha religion ; slavery ; black Atlantic
Additional Information: Special issue: New Transatlanticisms: Africa and the Americas
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1479-4012
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Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:43

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