West African Popular Theatre

West African Popular Theatre

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... a ground-breaking contribution to the field of African literature... " -Research in African LiteraturesAnyone with the slightest interest in West African cultures, performance or theatre should immediately rush out and buy this book." -Leeds African Studies BulletinA seminal contribution to the fields of performance studies, cultural studies, and popular culture. " -Margaret DrewalA fine book. The play texts are treasures." -Richard BaumanAfrican popular culture is an arena where the tensions and transformations of colonial and post-colonial society are played out, offering us a glimpse of the view from below in Africa. This book offers a comparative overview of the history, social context, and style of three major West African popular theatre genres: the concert party of Ghana, the concert party of Togo, and the traveling popular theatre of western Nigeria.show more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 159.3 x 232.7 x 22.1mm | 522.53g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 39 b&w photos
  • 0253210771
  • 9780253210777

About Karin Barber

Karin Barber, Senior Lecturer at the Centre of West African Studies, the University of Birmingham, has published extensively on Yoruba oral literature, religion, and popular culture. She worked and traveled with a Yoruba theatre group in the early 1980s. John Collins is Head of Bokoor Recording Studio, Ghana, and Technical Director of a joint German/Ghanaian music archive redocumentation project at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. His writings on African popular entertainment include Music Makers of West Africa and West African Pop Roots. Alain Ricard is Research Professor with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) of the African Studies Center of the University of Bordeaux, specializing in African languages and literatures, including drama and popular literature. He has written a number of books on African literature and has produced two films on concert parties.show more

Table of contents

Introduction/Karin Barber1. Three West African Popular Theatre Forms: A Social History/Karin Barber, John Collins, Alain Ricard2. The Jaguar Jokers and Orphan Do Not Glance/John Collins3. Text of Orphan Do Not Glance4. Concert Party in Lome and The African Girl from Paris5. Text of The African Girl from Paris6. The Eda Theatre and The Secret Is Out7. Text of The Secret Is OutBibliographyIndexshow more

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