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Title:Bisiweeri: The Songs and Times of a Muslim Chamba Woman (Adamawa State, Nigeria)
Authors:Boyd, RaymondISNI
Fardon, RichardISNI
Periodical:African Languages and Cultures
Geographic term:Nigeria
songs (form)
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Abstract:Bsw'.e'.er was a Muslim Chamba woman from the northern Shebshi mountain area of Chambaland, now in the north of Ganye Local Government Area, Adamawa State, Nigeria. She died in March 1989 aged about eighty. During her lifetime, Bsw'.e'.er gained local fame as a composer of songs that featured in public dances; the more popular of these remained in local repertoires for several years. In her old age, some of her favourite songs were recorded on audiocassette. The text of these songs is presented in this article, in Chamba, with a word-by-word translation in English and explanations. The authors did not talk to Bsw'.e'.er before her death, but asked her sons for help in interpreting the songs. A few concluding remarks set the songs in a wider context of traditional African music. Bibliogr., notes.