John Blacking Revisited—Comparative Analysis of Venda Tshikone Dance (1958 and 2009)

  • Jukka LouhivuoriEmail author
Part of the Current Research in Systematic Musicology book series (CRSM, volume 5)


One of the first research topics of interest for folk music researchers was the stability/instability of folk tunes. Particularly the question which parts and elements in folk tunes are sensitive to change and what are the stable elements of the melodies. Researchers had data collected over several decades, which gave a great opportunity to systematically explore stability of melodies over the years and decades.



I want to thank Dr. Morakeng Edward Kenneth Lebaka of his very valuable help in organizing the fieldwork in Venda. His experience in field work and knowledge about African culture and music had a great value for the success of this project. Also I want to thank Thivhafuni Daniel Tshishonge who guided us during the field trip. His deep knowledge about Venda culture and connections to Venda people make it possible to get connections to Venda people and visit the villages.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Music, Art and Culture StudiesUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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