Bikutsi - A Beti Dance Music on the Rise, 1970–1990 - Anja Brunner

Bikutsi - A Beti Dance Music on the Rise, 1970–1990 - Anja Brunner

Musical Changes towards Beti Music by Modern Dance Bands in Yaoundé in the 1970s

Bikutsi - A Beti Dance Music on the Rise, 1970–1990 - Anja Brunner

Anja Brunner [+-]
University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Anja Brunner is an ethnomusicologist at the Music and Minorities Research Center at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.

Description

The transition from rumba and merengue to Beti dances like elak in popular music in Cameroon is described in chapter 5 with a focus on the changes in musical and social features. The analysis of the song ‘Bekono Nga Nkonda,’ which is commonly positioned as the first “bikutsi” song on electric guitar, demonstrates several of these key features, leading to a discussion of the phenomenon of the “balafon guitar”.

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Brunner, Anja. Musical Changes towards Beti Music by Modern Dance Bands in Yaoundé in the 1970s. Bikutsi - A Beti Dance Music on the Rise, 1970–1990. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 81-104 Oct 2021. ISBN 9781781797860. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36064. Date accessed: 28 Nov 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36064. Oct 2021

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