Playing with Identities in Contemporary Music in Africa

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The musics of Africa play a particularly important role in expressing and forming identities. This book brings together African and Nordic scholars from both musicology and other disciplines in an attempt to analyse various aspects of the complex playing with volatile identities in music in Africa today. Taken together the papers put new light on the assumed or real dichotomies between countryside and city, collective and individual, tradition and modernity, authentic and alien....

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Overview

The musics of Africa play a particularly important role in expressing and forming identities. This book brings together African and Nordic scholars from both musicology and other disciplines in an attempt to analyse various aspects of the complex playing with volatile identities in music in Africa today. Taken together the papers put new light on the assumed or real dichotomies between countryside and city, collective and individual, tradition and modernity, authentic and alien.

The papers are based on contributions for a conference organized by the research project “Cultural Images in and of Africa” of the Nordic Africa Institute together with the Sibelius Museum/Department of Musicology and the Centre for Continuing Education at Åbo Akademi University in Åbo (Turku), Finland in October 2000. The book includes a keynote speech by Christopher Waterman (UCLA), and an introduction by Annemette Kirkegaard, Copenhagen University. Southern, West and East Africa are represented in the studies, which cover a great variety of musics.

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  • ISBN-13: 9789171064967
  • Publisher: Nordic Africa Institute, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 196
  • Lexile: 1590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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Mai Palmberg is a political scientist from Finland, and works at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala. She is coordinator of a research and network project "Cultural Images in and of Africa" and has conducted and edited interviews for "The State of the Arts in Zimbabwe. Some Notes from 2002-2004".

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Introduction 7
Big Man, Black President, Masked One: Models of the Celebrity Self in Yoruba Popular Music in Nigeria 19
"Modern Traditional" Music from Zimbabwe: Virginia Mukwesha's Mbira Record "Matare" 35
"Tranzania" - A Cross-Over from Norwegian Techno to Tanzanian Taarab 46
The Generational Factor in Ghanaian Music: Concert Parties, Highlife, Simpa, Kpanlogo, Gospel and Local Techno-Pop 60
"The Air of the City Makes Free": Urban Music from the 1950s to the 1990s in Senegal - Variete, Jazz, Mbalax, Rap 75
Playing It "Loud and Straight": Reggae, Zouglou, Mapouka and Youth Insubordination in Cote d'Ivoire 86
Sounds of the "Third Way": Zulu Maskanda, South African Popular Traditional Music 104
Expressing Cape Verde: Morna, Funana and National Identity 117
Gender, Ethnicity and Politics in Kadongo-Kamu Music of Uganda: Analysing the Song Kayanda 134
From Mutant Voices to Rhythms of Resistance: Music and Minority Identity among the Idoma and Ogoni in Contemporary Nigeria 149
Multipartyism, Rivalry and Taarab in Dar es Salaam 165
Contributors 181
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