Bozo Music Research Report

Author: Baker, Rob
Publisher: SIL Mali, 2010

In January 2010, Rob Baker carried out ethnomusicological research amongst the Bozo people. The purpose of the visit was:

  1. Organological research: What musical instruments to the Bozo have? What are they made of, who plays them etc.
  2. Song genre research: What kind of songs exist and for what purposes? Which ones are sung in the Bozo language (rather than in Bambara)? Which song genres (if any) would be best suited for educational / literacy song composition?
  3. Attitudes towards music: How are musicians viewed in Bozo society? What are the attitudes towards listening to music/playing music? Is music therefore a valid and appropriate vehicle for communication amongst the Bozo?
Subject: Ethnomusicology
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