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
     
 

ISBN-10: 1556524501

ISBN-13: 9781556524509

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated


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

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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.

Product Details

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)

Table of Contents

Map of Africax
Introductionxiii
The Sweet Smells of Independence
... And Lumumba Was Dancing the Cha-Cha-Cha: Joseph Kabasele and the Rise of the Congolese Crucible3
E. T. Mensah: The King of Highlife: The Influence of Colonization on Music11
Miriam Makeba: The "Click-Click Girl": South African Music Between Silence and Exile19
Bembeya Jazz and the Syliphone Elephant: The Era of National Pride in Guinea27
Francis Bebey, Pierre Akendengue: The Metropolitans: The Children of Negritude35
Rakoto Frah: The Wizard Merlin of the Sodina: The Malagasy Musical Entity43
The Salt of the Earth
Thomas Mapfumo and the Ancestors' Mbira in Zimbabwe: National Liberation Music in Southern Africa51
Franco: "You Go in OK, You Come Out KO": The Second Wave of the Congolese Sound59
Fela Kuti: "The Man Who Carried Death in His Pouch": The Quest for the Nigerian Afrobeat67
Mahlathini, "King of the Groaners," and Johnny Clegg, "The White Zulu": The Soweto Stewpot on the Hot Coals of Apartheid77
Roots
Granmoun Lele and Danyel Waro: The Pulse of Reunionese Maloya: The Memory of the Maroons and the Return of Identity87
Doudou N'Diaye Rose: The Messiaen of the Dakar Medina: Africa and the Return to Rhythm93
The "Strange Niger Blue" of Mali's Ali Farka Toure: The Roots of the Blues99
Bi Kidude: "The Little Thing," Soul of the Zanzibar Taarab: East Africa Between Bantu and Arab Colors105
Crisis of the Signs
Toure Kunda and the "Dance of the Leaves": African Immigration and the Vogue for Black Music113
Salif Keita: The Treason of the Albino: The Contradictions of the Modern Griot121
M'Pongo Love: The Feminist Who "Tickles" Men: African Diversity's Unspoken Matter131
Zao: "Mr. Corpse": The Spices of Humorous Music139
Alpha Blondy: "i Am a Rastafoulosophe, You Know!": The Rooting of Reggae in Africa147
Mamadou Konte's Little Hat: The Activists of Black Showbiz157
The Eskista of Mahmoud Ahmed: The Case of Ethio-Jazz163
World Sound
Mory Kante: The Electric Griot: The Mutations of the Instrument173
Papa Wemba: The Elegant Rumba: The Third Congolese Wave179
Geoffrey Oryema, or the Sorrow of the Great Lakes: What Music After Rwanda?185
From Kode di Dona to Cesaria Evora: Sodade in A Major: The Music of Cape Verde191
Anne-Marie Nzie: "The Golden Voice of Cameroon": When "Country" Music Is Invited into World Music199
Leaving the Twentieth Century
Manu "Papa Groove" Dibango: The Pastor and His Flock: From Sidney Bechet to Techno209
Abidjan--Dakar--Johannesburg: What's All This Gnama-Gnama?: Rap, Zouglou, Kwaito: The New Generation217
The Youssou N'Dour Connection: The Prototype of the African Artist of the Future?227
Ray Lema, or the Great World Band: When Music Is Humanism235
Afterword: The Duty of Memory241
Appendixes
Musical Areas: Africa in Ethnomusicolor249
Musical Genres and Styles259
Glossary of Instruments267
Selected Discography277
Selected Bibliography289
Acknowledgments295
Index297

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