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Title:Some Aspects of Women's Voices from Northern Nigeria
Author:Kassam, Margaret Hauwa
Year:1996
Periodical:African Languages and Cultures
Volume:9
Issue:2
Pages:111-125
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:women writers
women
songs
music
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
arts
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1771754
Abstract:The aim of this paper is to show the level at which women from northern Nigeria participate in the production of popular culture. Although women are not given enough opportunity to participate in the production of culture, they try to beat the system, which seeks to confine them to a limited domestic space, by creating and recreating popular songs/culture suitable for both private and public consumption. The paper's framework of analysis is based on the definition of 'space', which determines what aspects of culture are produced, and where, when and how much voice women from this part of the country have in the production of popular culture. The author starts with an outline of theoretical approaches to the study of gender and popular culture and a description of the state of the art in northern Nigeria. Then she analyses what women are saying in their songs and writing, taking the music and performance of Hajiya Maimuna Barmani Coge as an example of subversion. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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