The Peterborough Community Samba Band

Lee Higgins

in Community Music

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777839
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950218 | DOI:
The Peterborough Community Samba Band

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The purpose of this chapter is to affirm both the roots and distinctive traits of community music through an extensive ethnographic account of one project. Drawing from documents, testimony, participant-observation and experiential memory, the reader is placed “inside” the Peterborough Community Samba Band. This provides a case through which community music significant traits of practice, identity, context, community, participation and pedagogy, can be examined. Through observation and interviews, participant testimonies are weaved together as a multi-layered patchwork, which reveals the characteristics and intentions of what constitutes a community music project. As an illustration of practice, this project represents one of many such projects across the UK and is also representative of many others across the world.

Keywords: samba; ethnography; pedagogy; context; participation

Chapter.  11236 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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