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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Music, performance and African identities
Editors:Falola, ToyinISNI
Fleming, Tyler
Series:Routledge African studies
City of publisher:New York
ISBN:0415888433; 9780415888431; 9780203831571
Geographic terms:Africa
Burkina Faso
Cape Verde
South Africa
Subjects:popular music
popular culture
Abstract:The study of African music and musical performance is on the verge of a new era. The 14 essays in this book show the development of contemporary music in Africa and the way in which it has been embraced and adapted. The Introduction is by Tyler Fleming and Toyin Falola. Part 1, 'Contemporary music and its wider social impacts', contains essays on hip-hop music in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania (George Gathigi); rap, cartoons and representations of the Maasai in contemporary Tanzanian culture (Katrina Daly Thompson); 'takiboronse' music in Burkina Faso (Batamaka Somé); and the way the State in Zimbabwe manipulates uran pop, traditionally the weapon of the underdog (Farai Wonderful Bere). Part 2, 'Transnational projections and performances', documents the blending of the secular and the religious in popular music in Senegal (Fallou Ngom); blackface in America and Africa and consciousness of the diaspora in Cape Town (South Africa) and the Gold Coast (Ghana) (Benjamin Brühwiler); and the South Africanizaton of Tanzanian Christian popular music (Mathayo B. Ndomondo). Part 3, 'Historical reflections on music', is composed of essays on the image of Sophiatown (South Africa) in the 'kwaito' music of the group Mafikizolo (Xavier Livermon); the impact of films on the Black music scene in Johannesburg in the 1950s (Tyler Fleming); urban musicians and cultural self-construction in Zimbabwe 1930s-1970s (Moses Chikowero); and country music in Zimbabwe (Jonathon Zilberg). Part 4, 'Cultural and political meanings in African music', discusses hip-hop in Kenya (George Nyabuga); the construction of political discourse in Ghana in hiplife (Samuel Gyasi Obeng); and popular music in Cape Verde (Juliana Braz Dias). [ASC Leiden abstract]