Muslim Women Sing

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. An accompanying audio CD introduces Western audiences to the beauty and richness of Hausa women's more

Product details

  • Mixed media product | 320 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 26mm | 521.64g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 7 b&w photos, 1 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253217296
  • 9780253217295

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

Part 1. The Singers and Their World1. "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 4. Metaphor 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 PoetryPart 2: Songs and Poemsshow more

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