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Essays and Other Publications


The Stones Ethnographers Trip Over:  Thoughts on Colin Turnbull's The Forest People.”  Translated into German as “Die Stolpersteine der Ethnographen," in Wegmarken:  Eine Bibliotek der Ethnologische Imagination.  Trickster Jahrbuch.  Munich:  Peter Hammer Verlag, 1998, pp. 22-28.  Reprinted in "Ethnographic Highs:  The Forest People and African Rhythm and African Sensibility," by John Chernoff and T. David Brent, in First of the Month (April 2012):  http://www.firstofthemonth.org/ethnographic-highs-the-forrest-people-african-rhythm-and-african-sensibility/.


"Performance and Ethnography <HTML>."  Keynote Address to the Southern Plains Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology at the University of North Texas, 2009.  Earlier version presented in 1990 at the Performance International Conference, Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.  < PDF / HTML >

"Ideas of Culture and the Challenge of Music <HTML>," in Exotic No More:  Anthropology on the Front Lines.  Edited by Jeremy MacClancy.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2002, pp.  377-98.  <PDF / HTML>

"Music and Historical Consciousness among the Dagbamba of Ghana," in Enchanting Powers:  Music in the World’s Religions.  Edited by Lawrence Sullivan.  Cambridge, MA:  Center for the Study of World Religions and Harvard University Press, 1997, pp. 91-120.  Also in Approaches to African Musics.  Edited by Enrique Cámara de Landa and Silvia Martínez García.  Valladolid: University of Valladolid, Centro Buendia, 2006, pp. 137-68.

Spiritual Foundations of Dagbamba Religion and Culture.”  Authorized version of the essay.

"Paul Berliner's The Soul of Mbira Twenty Years On:  A Retrospect."  African Music 7, no. 3 (1996):  91-95.

"Goonji (Fiddle) Music in Dagbon."  Notes and Recording information for "Master Fiddlers of Dagbon."  Rounder Records 5086 (2001).

"Dagbamba Drumming Music."   Notes and Recording information for "Master Drummers of Dagbon, vols 1 and 2."  Rounder Records 5016 (1984, 1992) and 5046 (1992).

"Cities as the Heavens of This Earth <HTML>," from Hustling Is Not Stealing:  Stories of an African Bar Girl.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2003, pp. 45-62.  <PDF>

"William and Abena <HTML> , an excerpt from Hustling Is Not Stealing."  Introduction by Benj DeMott.  First of the Month 6, no. 1 (winter 2004), 15-17. 
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"A Bad Sickness <HTML>, an excerpt from Hustling Is Not Stealing."  Introduction by Benj DeMott.  First of the Month 4, no. 1 (6.1.2002), 17-19.  <PDF>


"Tales of Groove <HTML>," from Exchange Is Not Robbery:  More Stories of an African Bar Girl.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2005, pp. 232-42.   <PDF>

"Issahaku and the Fulani Thieves <HTML>," from Exchange Is Not Robbery:  More Stories of an African Bar Girl.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2005, pp. 214-21.
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"A Nice Prison in Togo <PDF>," from Hustling Is Not Stealing:  Stories of an African Bar Girl.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2003, pp. 402-40.  <PDF>

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