Afrobeat!: Fela and the Imagined Continent

Afrobeat!: Fela and the Imagined Continent

by Sola Olorunyomi
     
 

ISBN-10: 1592210724

ISBN-13: 9781592210725

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Africa World Press

In the seventies as signs of decay began to show in the capitalist experiment of the newly independent African countries, a "bard of the misrule" emerged on the streets of Lagos. Often shirtless and armed with his trademark saxophone, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti tore his way into popular culture with Afrobeat music. Blending ethno-traditional forms with the reigning highlife

Overview

In the seventies as signs of decay began to show in the capitalist experiment of the newly independent African countries, a "bard of the misrule" emerged on the streets of Lagos. Often shirtless and armed with his trademark saxophone, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti tore his way into popular culture with Afrobeat music. Blending ethno-traditional forms with the reigning highlife and jazz rhythms, Afrobeat drew lyrics from the flip side of neo-colonial society and Fela's London and American experience in the sixties. In the two decades that followed, Fela ruled the nights from Afrika Shrine, his signature night club, and the days from the turntables of the restless city dwellers along the Atlantic coastline. Fela's Afrobeat became a dynamic mode of expression in the social history of post-independent West Africa and generated a counterculture that bonded through music, drugs, resistance politics -- and ultimately, the nascence of an Afrocentric contemporary global culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592210725
Publisher:
Africa World Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Glossaryxiii
Introductionxix
1.Tradition and Afrobeat1
2.Bard of the Public Sphere33
3.The Empire Sounds Back81
4.Idan, or a Carnivalesque127
5.Alterity, Afrobeat and the Law173
6.The Afrobeat Continuum211
Bibliography221
Appendices237
Discography237
Excerpts from the Constitution of the Movement of the People (MOP)254
Biodata/Inventory of Sonic Censorship256
Photographs265
Index275

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