Studies in African Music

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Studies in African Music
AuthorA.M. Jones
CountryGreat Britain
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
Media typePrint
Pages295 (Volume I), 238 (Volume II)

Studies in African Music is a 1959 book in two volumes by A.M. Jones. It is an in-depth analysis of the traditional music of the Ewe tribe.


The work is divided into two volumes,[1][2] with the first volume being an analysis of the music presented in Volume II, and the second being full-score reproductions of the pieces in question.

Volume I Contents[edit]

  1. Introduction
  2. Play-Songs and Fishing Songs
  3. The Instruments of the Orchestra
  4. The Nyayito Dance
  5. Yeve Cult Music
  6. Club Dances - The Adzida Dance
  7. The Social Dance - Agbadza
  8. A Comparison of Drumming
  9. The Homogeneity of African Music
  10. Tone and Tune
  11. The Neo-Folk-Music

Volume II Contents[edit]

  1. Play-Songs and Fishing Songs
  2. The Nyayito Dance
  3. Yeve Cult Music: (a) The Husago Dance, (b) The Sovu Dance, (c) The Sogba Dance
  4. The Adzida Dance
  5. The Agbadza Dance
  6. The Icila Dance


Steve Reich has listed this work as an influence on his music, particularly his "fooling around with tape loops, which [he] began to envision as little mechanized Africans [laughs]." [3] It is also cited extensively in Volume I of Gunther Schuller's (who introduced Reich to the work) History of Jazz.[4]


  1. ^ Jones, A.M. Studies in African Music: Volume I. London: Oxford University Press. 1959
  2. ^ Jones, A.M. Studies in African Music: Volume II. London: Oxford University Press. 1959
  3. ^ Strickland, Edward. American Composers: Dialogues on Contemporary Music (p. 40). Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 1991.
  4. ^ Schuller, Gunther. Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development. Oxford University Press. 1968

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