DANCING MASKS OF AFRICA by Christine Price

DANCING MASKS OF AFRICA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A companion to Talking Drums of Africa (KR, 1973), with rhythmic, sometimes rhyming commentary that goes farther than its predecessor toward mixing mood and information. The beat and echoes in Price's verse are English and American, not African, and the woodcuts are her own impressions of masked dancers, not realistic copies of the actual masks. However both words and pictures convey a strong sense of the West African masks' beneficent power and their inseparableness from ritual, music and dance. An appended, illustrated list (with map) identifies ail the masks included in the book.

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 1975
Publisher: Scribners