Arrest the Music!

Arrest the Music! : Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics

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Olaniyan has given us a profound and beautifully integrated book which culminates in a persuasive interpretation of the relationship between Fela's apparently incompatible presentational selves.... The book's accessible and evocative prose is in itself a kind of homage to Fela's continual ability to seduce and astonish.... This is such an attractive book you feel like... ransacking your collection for Fela tapes." -Karin Barber... an indispensable companion to Fela's music and a rich source of information for studies in modern African popular music." -Akin EubaArrest the Music! is a lively musical study of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, one of Africa's most recognizable, popular, and controversial musicians. The flamboyant originator of the "Afrobeat" sound and self-proclaimed voice of the voiceless, Fela used music, sharp-tongued lyrics, and derisive humor to challenge the shortcomings of Nigerian and postcolonial African states. Looking at the social context, instrumentation, lyrics, visual art, people, and organizations through which Fela produced his music, Tejumola Olaniyan offers a wider, more suggestive perspective on Fela and his impact on listeners in all parts of the world. Placing Fela front and center, Olaniyan underscores important social issues such as authenticity, racial and cultural identity, the relationship of popular culture to radical politics, and the meaning of postcolonialism, nationalism, and globalism in contemporary Africa. Readers interested in music, culture, society, and politics, whether or not they know Fela and his music, will find this work invaluable for understanding the career of an African superstar and the politics of popular culture in contemporary Africa.African Expressive Cultures-Patrick McNaughton, general editorshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 13 b&w photos
  • 0253217180
  • 9780253217189
  • 1,703,573

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[Arrest the Music!] is written with both thoroughness and a very readable prose . . . * Mmegi Online * A true African genius whose influence had an indelible influence on thousands of musicians, especially me personally. I miss his raucous laughter, irreverent courage, robust comedy, and love for humanity. . . . Fela's legacy will live forever. -- Hugh Masekelashow more

About Tejumola Olaniyan

Tejumola Olaniyan is Professor of English and African Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is co-editor (with John Conteh-Morgan) of African Drama and Performance (IUP, 2004). He lives in Madison, more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction: "Living in the Interregnum": Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and the Postcolonial Incredible2. The "Apolitical" Avant-Pop Hustler 3. The Afrobeat Moralist4. Dissident Tunes: The Political Afrobeat 5. Fela, Lagos, and the Postcolonial State 6. On the Shop Floor: The Social Production of Afrobeat 7. Pedagogue, Pedagogy, and the Pedagogic Form 8. The Cosmopolitan Nativist: Fela and the Antinomies of Postcolonial Modernity9. The Political, The Libidinal 10. Conclusion: Afrobeat After Fela NotesBibliographyDiscographyIndexshow more

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