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Muslim Women Sing : Hausa Popular Song

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 18.03mm | 489.88g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 7 b&w illus., 1 map
  • 0253025494
  • 9780253025494

About Beverly B. Mack

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).show more

Table of contents

ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart 1. The Singers and Their World1. "Every Woman Sings"Profile One: Hauwa Gwaram, Hausa Poet2. "The Song Is Poetry's Domain": Tradition and IslamProfile Two: Hajiya Yar Shehu, Hausa Poet3. Performing Artists: Poets and SingersProfile Three: Maizargadi, Praise Singer in the Royal Court of Kano4. MetaphorProfile Four: Hajiya Faji and Hauwa Mai Duala, Hausa Singers5. The Social Functions of Hausa Women's CreativityProfile Five: Barmani Maimuna Choge and Binta Katsina, Hausa Singers6. Oral and Written Hausa PoetryPart 2: Songs and PoemsGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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