New York: Ethno Modes Folkloric Workshop, 1987. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher’s illustrated stapled stiff paper wraps.
Educator, artist, and jazz percussionist Bilal Abdurahman’s illustrated guide to African musical instruments. A fixture in Brooklyn’s Islamic Mission of America and the legendary jazz scene that emerged from it, Abdurahman promoted the parallels of Islam and African music in numerous ways throughout his career. After visiting Africa on several occasions to conduct ethnomusicological research, Abdurahman and his wife founded the Ethno Modes Folkloric Workshop, a non-profit organization that presented performances at museums throughout Brooklyn that made use of traditional African instruments. This volume, published through the workshop, includes descriptive text on the production processes and qualities of a variety of musical instruments, with an emphasis on the African balaphone, and numerous black-and-white photos and illustrations. Light edgewear to wraps. Very good. Item #4241