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Continuity and Change. The Significance of the Tsinza (Xylophone) among the Bura of northeast Nigeria

  • This study concerns the Bura tsinza xylophone, an instrument that is closely associated with the Bura peoples’ identity. The tsinza occupies an important position in Bura culture. Old musicians emphasized that it was originally an important funeral instrument. Today, however, the instrument has assumed other roles with an entirely different meaning for many in the society. The traditional context of use of the instrument is disappearing, but new contexts have surfaced that keep the instrument a lively art amongst the people. This study explores the oral history of the instrument, its traditional and contemporary contexts of use with an aim to understand why and in what ways the Bura maintain tsinza musical performance despite the gradual disappearance of its traditional context.

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Author:Christopher Yusufu Mtaku
Series (Serial Number):Center for World Music - Studies in Music (5)
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Hildesheim
Place of publication:Hildesheim
Referee:Raimund Vogels, Julio Mendívil
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Year of Completion:2020
Publishing Institution:Universitätsverlag Hildesheim
Granting Institution:Universität Hildesheim, Fachbereich II
Date of final exam:2015/09/01
Release Date:2023/06/08
Page Number:190
PPN:Link zum Katalog
Institutes:Fachbereich II
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung - Nicht-kommerziell - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0