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Music of the Tabom: An Emblem of Identity

Department of Music, University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 19, Legon-Accra, Accra, Ghana
Humanities 2019, 8(2), 95; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8020095
Received: 11 January 2019 / Revised: 4 April 2019 / Accepted: 29 April 2019 / Published: 15 May 2019
This paper discusses how music functions as an emblem of identity for the Afro-Brazilian community in Accra, Ghana, known as the Tabom. The paper provides a contextual and analytical study of the complete musical enactment as practiced by this community, and argues, that the Tabom musical genre, known as Agbe, serves the purpose of creating and negotiating identity as found in their use of music within Tabom socio-cultural, religious, and political ceremonies. In this paper, I argue that Agbe is not only an organized sound in Tabom culture, but rather, it is one of the strongest cultural elements that serves as an emblem of identity relating to the life and culture of the Tabom community in Accra. Relying on ethnographic research design, Agbe is presented as the focus of study, subjecting the context in which it is performed to study and analysis. Moreover, the relationships between the Agbe ensemble and their performance context, as well as live events are discussed with the intent of conveying meanings of singing, drumming, dancing, and other related artistic expressions as they all contribute to help the Tabom to negotiate their identity. View Full-Text
Keywords: Afro-Brazilians; Tabom; cultural identity; Agbe; performance Afro-Brazilians; Tabom; cultural identity; Agbe; performance
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Amakye-Boateng, B. Music of the Tabom: An Emblem of Identity. Humanities 2019, 8, 95.

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