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Accepted Paper:

An Atlantic drum's journey after the slavery from Africa to the Americas and Back: Annobonese and Fernandino musical culture  
Isabela de Aranzadi (Grupo MUSYCA - Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Paper short abstract:


Paper long abstract:

The musical instruments in Equatorial Guinea are an important part of the culture of its ethnic and social groups: Fang, Bubi, Ndowe, etc. It is in relation to the Annobonese and the Fernandinos that the concept of "Return trip to Africa" becomes meaningful because there are African elements in their music that come back from the American continent to its African origins. Following the abolition of slavery at the turn of the 19th century, African musical culture was enriched by contributions from newly-freed African slaves from the Americas. Musical instruments are an intrinsic part of culture and live material accompanying people in their historical evolution as an essential factor in shaping the identity preserved through memory. Instruments such as cumbé, kunkí, tambalí and dances such as cumbé, kunkí, bönkó, mamahê and maringa, constitute an African legacy that has returned from America, a 'return to Africa' within Equatorial Guinea's musical culture.

Panel W027
Indigeneity in western Atlantic intersystems
  Session 1