Muslim Women Sing: Hausa Popular Song(African Expressive Cultures Series) available in Paperback
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- Indiana University Press
In Muslim Women Sing, Beverly B. Mack shows Muslim women in northern Nigeria actively involved in creative activity. Although most of the songs and oral poetry are performed for female audiences only, some are performed for mixed groups, and typically men of the household are permitted to listen as women sing and recite songs and poems that reflect their contemporary social and cultural concerns. Themes such as women’s roles in society, women and Islam, history, politics, AIDS prevention, child care, and hygiene form an integral part of their repertoire. Descriptive portraits of the singers interspersed between chapters reveal how they have learned to compose or play instruments and expand on sources of their creative energies. An accompanying audio CD introduces Western audiences to the beauty and richness of Hausa women’s song.
African Expressive CulturesPatrick McNaughton, general editor
About the Author
Beverly B. Mack is Associate Professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas. She is author (with Jean Boyd) of One Woman’s Jihad: Nana Asma’u, Scholar and Scribe (IUP, 2000).
Table of Contents
Part 1. The Singers and Their World
1. "Every Woman Sings"
Profile One: Hauwa Gwaram, Hausa Poet
2. "The Song Is Poetry's Domain": Tradition and Islam
Profile Two: Hajiya Yar Shehu, Hausa Poet
3. Performing Artists: Poets and Singers
Profile Three: Maizargadi, Praise Singer in the Royal Court of Kano
Profile Four: Hajiya Faji and Hauwa Mai Duala, Hausa Singers
5. The Social Functions of Hausa Women's Creativity
Profile Five: Barmani Maimuna Choge and Binta Katsina, Hausa Singers
6. Oral and Written Hausa Poetry
Part 2: Songs and Poems