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Title:Intersections: gender, orality, text, and female space in contemporary Kiganda radio songs
Author:Mugambi, Helen NabasutaISNI
Year:1994
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:25
Issue:3
Period:Fall
Pages:47-70
Language:English
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:Ganda (Uganda)
women
songs
radio
mass media
arts
Cultural Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3819845
Abstract:Kiganda radio songs have played a key role in narrating emergent national and gender histories in Uganda as artists document the rise and fall of politicians. This article aims at showing that within contemporary Kiganda radio songs, it is possible to identify a female text that reproduces a paradigmatic gendered structure demarcating female space. The author argues that this gendered structure owes its origin to the Kiganda founding myth 'The story of Kintu', and is propagated and expressed through multiple narrative forms, including the folktale and the written text. She further argues that analysis of this propagation of the gendered spaces thus produced does in fact yield new types of founding myths which in turn embody other paradigms, such as the 'manipulation of gendered spaces' paradigm. The author uses this latter paradigm to explain phenomena such as women's coded speech and silent protests through which women in both traditional and contemporary settings seize and claim space at the centre of discourses in songs. Examples of songs are presented in Kiganda, with English translations. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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