Zambian Luvale Ngoma: Timbre, Voice, and Rhythm
Abstract: This thesis aims to introduce the music and instruments of the Zambian Luvale percussion ensemble through an analysis of timbre, vocal behavior, and rhythm. I hope to address a lacuna in academia as little scholarship has been dedicated to Luvale drumming and the music of Zambia. I situate Luvale percussion in its larger contextual setting and begin to explain how it is musically organiz... read moreed and performed. My ethnographically informed approach reveals how an emic attention to timbre helps shape the music and explains choices in technique and tuning, layering, and rhythmic play. My organization of vocal behavior demonstrates how both intensity and dance are vocally manipulated. In my analysis of rhythm in one item of repertory, Chiyanda, I examine how motility is rhythmically generated and uncover the complexity of supporting instruments' parts. Ultimately I provide an account that reveals both the breadth and depth of Luvale percussion while simultaneously providing a case study for the interrelatedness of different musical elements.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2018.
Submitted to the Dept. of Music.
Advisor: David Locke.
Committee: David Locke, Jeffrey Summit, and Steven Friedson.
Keywords: Music, Music theory, and African studies.read less