Dan Ge Performance

Dan Ge Performance : Masks and Music in Contemporary Cote d'Ivoire

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Ge, formerly translated as "mask" or "masquerade," appears among the Dan people of Cote d'Ivoire as a dancing and musical embodiment of their social ideals and religious beliefs. In Dan Ge Performance, Daniel B. Reed sets out to discover what resides at the core of Ge. He finds that Ge is defined as part of a religious system, a form of entertainment, an industry, a political tool, an instrument of justice, and a form of resistance-and it can take on multiple roles simultaneously. He sees genu (pl.) dancing the latest dance steps, co-opting popular music, and acting in concert with Ivorian authorities to combat sorcery. Not only are the bounds of traditional performance stretched, but Ge performance becomes a strategy for helping the Dan to establish individual and community identity in a world that is becoming more religiously and ethnically diverse. Readers interested in all aspects of expressive culture in West Africa will find fascinating material in this rich and penetrating book.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 153.9 x 237.2 x 18.5mm | 385.56g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 41 b&w photos, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253216125
  • 9780253216120
  • 2,017,981

About Daniel B. Reed

Daniel B. Reed is Director of the Archives of Traditional Music and Assistant Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is co-author (with Gloria Gibson) of the CD-ROM Music and Culture in West Africa: The Straus Expedition (Indiana University Press).show more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: AcknowledgmentsNotes on LanguageCast of CharactersIntroduction: Talking about Ge1. On the Road to Man2. Coexistence, Cooperation, and Conflict in the City of 18 Mountains3. "When a rooster goes for a walk, he does not forget his house": "The Tradition" and Identity in a Diversifying Context4. What is Ge?5. Manifesting Ge in Song6. Drums as Instruments of Social and Religious Action7. Gedro at Guehave8. Gegbade at Yokoboue9. Pathways of Communication and TransformationGlossaryNotesReferencesIndexshow more

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Winner of 2004 Amuary Talbot Prize for African Anthropology, awarded by the Royal Anthropological Instituteshow more

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