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Recollecting from the Past: Musical Practice and Spirit Possession on the East Coast of Madagascar
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Author: Ron Emoff.
ISBN-10: 0-8195-6500-8 (0819565008)
ISBN-13: 978-0-8195-6500-6 (9780819565006)
Language: English
No. of Pages: xvi + 241
Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 19mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 722
Shelving Location: Music
Estimated Value: £5.00
Purchase Date: 4 September 2006
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Recollecting from the Past

Musical Practice and Spirit Possession on the East Coast of Madagascar

(Music / Culture)
Wesleyan University Press (2002).
Softcover Book

A study of musical culture in the Tamatave province of Madagascar. Ron Emoff analyses how music is an integrated part of daily life, used among other things to remember the past. He describes in particular the role of music in the Malagasy practice of spirit possession.

Text from the Back Cover

The first serious ethnomusicological study of Malagasy music, Recollecting from the Past evokes the complex sound and performative aesthetic in Madagascar called maresaka. Maresaka pertains not only to musical expression but extends into ways of remembering the past, aesthetics of everyday life, and Malagasy concepts of self and community. This groundbreaking study will be of interest to readers in the fields of anthropology, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, African studies, postcolonial and performance studies.

About the Author (from the Back Cover)

Ron Emoff is Assistant Professor of Music at Ohio State University-Newark.


  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgements
  • Some Preliminary Notes on Language and Pronunciation
  • 1. Introductions
  • 2. Some Background on Tamatave
  • 3. Spirit Practices on the East Coast
  • 4. Maresaka
  • 5. Material Media of Maresaka: The Value in Things
  • 6. Recollecting
  • 7. Power, Resistance? Valses
  • 8. Clinton, Bush, and Hussein in Tamatave
  • 9. Style as Iconicity of Aesthetics
  • 10. Discourse on Illness, Healing, and Abnormality
  • 11. Imagining Antandroy in Tamatave-ville
  • 12. Retour
  • Notes
  • Glossary of Malagasy Terms
  • References
  • Index

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