Music as Well-being
Chapter Seven: Values in Musicking
Chapter Seven Values in Musicking A Story of Values When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few friends and together they pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavour and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone else. When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the child’s song to him or her. Later, when the child enters education, the village gathers and chants the child’s song. When the child passes through the initiation to adulthood, the people again come together and sing. At the time of marriage, the person hears his or her song and, finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, the family and friends gather at the person’s bed, just as they did at their birth, and they sing the person to the next life. (A. Cohen 2003) The author of this story also relates how, in this African tradition, there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the person. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or an aberrant social act, the individual is called to the centre of the village and the people in the community form a circle around him or...
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