Readings in African Popular Culture

Readings in African Popular Culture

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"This is an extraordinarily rich collection full of informative detail and excellent interpretative analysis. There is not a single piece that fails to fascinate..." -Leeds African Studies Bulletin " impressive collection of inspiring and thought-provoking essays." -Media Development "This is a book that should find its way into many syllabuses and onto the bookshelves of Africanist scholars in many disciplines. Its publication marks a key turning point in scholarlship on the cultures of contemporary Africa." -Africa Today This book surveys the popular culture of contemporary Africa, including popular literature, oral narrative and poetry, dance, drama, music, and visual art, with special emphasis on the verbal arts. The essays cover six main areas: views of the field; oral tradition revisited; social history, social criticism and interpretation; women in popular culture; "little genres of everyday life"; the local and the more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 205.2 x 235 x 16mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253211409
  • 9780253211408
  • 2,073,242

About Karin Barber

Karin Barber is Senior Lecturer at the Centre of West African Studies, the University of Birmingham. She has published extensively on Yoruba oral literature, religion, and popular culture and worked and traveled with a Yoruba theatre group in the early 1980s. Barber is author of Yoruba Dun un So: A Beginners Course in Yoruba (Part I), I Could Speak Until Tomorrow: Oriki, Women and the Past in a Yoruba Town, and Yoruba Popular Theatre: Three Plays by the Oyin Adejobi Company, and editor (with P. F. de Moraes Farias) of Discourse and Its Disguises: The Interpretation of African Oral Texts and Self-Assertion and Brokerage: Early Cultural Nationalism in West more

Table of contents

Views of the Field Introduction by Karin Barber The World in Creolisation by Ulf Hannerz Popular Culture in Africa: Findings and Conjectures by Johannes Fabian Oral Tradition Revisited Lesotho Migrants' Songs and the Anthropology of Experience by David Coplan Mande Oral Popular Culture Revisited by the Electronic Media by Mamadou Diawara Popular Music and the Construction of Pan-Yoruba Identity by C. A. Waterman Social History, Social Criticism and Interpretation Plantation Protest: The History of Mozambican Song by Leroy Vail and Landeg White The Chimurenga Songs of the Zimbabwean War of Liberation by Alec J. D. Pongweni South African Theatre: Ideology and Rebellion by Andrew Horn Popular Writing in Ghana: A Sociology and Rhetoric by Richard Priebe Popular Reactions to the Petro-Naira by Karin Barber Painting in Zaire by Bogumil Jewsiewicki Whose Music? The Songs of Remmy Ongala and Orchestra Super Matimila by Werner Gruebner Women in Popular Culture Women and Modern African Popular Fiction by Jane Bryce Either One or the Other: Images of Women in Nigerian Television by Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi Women in Cultural Work The Fate of Kamiriithu People's Theatre in Kenya by Ngugi wa Thiong'o Kanga: Popular Cloths with Messages by Elisabeth Linnebuhr "Little Genres of Everyday Life" Politics and Urban Folklore in Nigeria by Ropo Sekoni The "Thing" and Its Doubles in Cameroonian Cartoons by Achille Mbembe The World of the Yoruba Taxi Driver: An Interpretive Approach to Vehicle Slogans by Olatunde Bayo Lawuyi The Local and the Global Sophiatown: The View from Afar by Ulf Hannerz Africa Civilized, Africa Uncivilized: Local Culture, World System and South African Music by Veit Erlmannshow more

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