Music Is the Weapon of the Future: Fifty Years of African Popular Music

Music Is the Weapon of the Future: Fifty Years of African Popular Music

by Frank Tenaille, Betote
     
 

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From the unique voice of Salif Keita and the hard funk of Fela Kuti to the poignant blues of Cesaria Evora and the upbeat swing of South African township jazz, African music has shaken the planet. This book traces its history through 30 portraits. Instead of offering biographical summaries, Tenaille plunges straight to the deepest, most intimate, and most… See more details below

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From the unique voice of Salif Keita and the hard funk of Fela Kuti to the poignant blues of Cesaria Evora and the upbeat swing of South African township jazz, African music has shaken the planet. This book traces its history through 30 portraits. Instead of offering biographical summaries, Tenaille plunges straight to the deepest, most intimate, and most significant aspects of the life and work of each musician. In a compact form, this retrospective imparts all the information essential to understanding these complex pop stars, while putting them in a political and cultural context and spicing up the mix with generous helpings of anecdote.

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Library Journal
Out of the ether arrives this long-overdue, cogent, well-crafted, knowledgeable, and well-structured survey of Afropop and, as a generous and valuable bonus, a survey of the genre's organic relationship to Africa's social and political milieu over the past 50 years. Unlike Western rock, folk, and rap artists, African acts like Salif Keita have had, often at the very cost of their lives and those of their families, a political impact comparable to that of Martin Luther King. Here, Tenaille, a French journalist specializing in world music, profiles in detail 30 significant African musicians, some as familiar as Miriam Makeba and Yousseau N'Dour, others as relatively unknown as Mory Kante and Zao, but all crucially important in defining and defending African music as inherently important, joyous, and free of colonial control. The only shortcomings are the lack of an audio CD of representative artists and photographs of African instruments (e.g., the balafon, the njarka), which would have enhanced our comprehension of the profiles. Ronnie Graham's The World of African Music and World Music: The Rough Guide offer valuable discographical information, but this is the first and only work to treat the relationship between politics and Afropop. Indispensable for all academic and large public libraries. Bill Piekarski, Angelicus Webdesign, Lackawanna, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781556524509
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST ENG.
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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An incredibly valuable resource.
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Highly-readable and informative.
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