The relationship between lyrics and melody in Rimi vocal music

  • Howard Olson American missionary in Tanzania since 1947. Vice-Principal, Lutheran Theological College, Usa River

Abstract

This article on Rimi vocal music is written with two purposes in mind: 1) to introduce the reader to Rimi music, and 2) to demonstrate the correlation between a tonal language and vocal music. To achieve this goal a very simple finger counting song has been chosen for analysis. A study of Rimi vocal music was made in conjunction with the authors linguistic analysis of the language. Since culture is a whole, and music is associated with so many aspects of the culture, linguistic research, of necessity, entailed an examination of Rjmi music. It was found that a knowledge of vocal music gave clues and corroboration to the tonal analysis of the language. Moreover, the study of the lyrics revealed many helpful examples of vowel coalescence.
Published
1980-07-01
How to Cite
Olson, H. “The Relationship Between Lyrics and Melody in Rimi Vocal Music”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 6, no. 1, July 1980, pp. 126-8, doi:https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v6i1.1100.