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Michalis Moriopoulos
08-04-2012, 10:47 PM
Ethnomusicologist Roger Blench attempts to thoroughly analyze the musical instruments of Cameroon, a country at the crossroads of Western and Central Africa. Ethnomusicology is a very interesting field not just for its own sake, but because the study of music in ethnic contexts very often reveals migration patterns and cultural diffusion that might have gone undetected otherwise.

Full study PDF: http://www.rogerblench.info/Ethnomusicology/Papers/Africa/Cameroun/Cameroun%20musical%20instruments%20book.pdf

Despite some individual studies, the traditional music of Cameroun is little-known in comparison to the
richness of its musical cultures. This book was begun to try and improve the definitions of musical
instruments in dictionaries and ethnographies, by providing technical terms to describe instruments,
bibliography, maps and images. However, the potential to compile comparative names for instruments also
suggests some historical and cultural speculations, and these have become an integral part of the book.
The text has been written in English, but with the intention of creating a bilingual English/French text when
the main part is complete.

It is very much a work in progress, and all contributions to improving it would be very welcome.
Roger Blench
Friday, 31 July 2009

08-04-2012, 11:01 PM
Roger Blench is an ethnomusicologist? I know him as a linguist, mainly through his work on proto-Afro-Asiatic. Apparently his specialty is Niger-Congo languages, though.

The photos are a nice accompaniment, but it would really be amazing if he had a website with sound samples.

Michalis Moriopoulos
08-04-2012, 11:17 PM
Yes, he's both (and more). He does have a website, though it's not very easy on the eyes: