Baakisimba: Gender in the Music and Dance of the Baganda People of Uganda, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover


Gender in the Music and Dance of the Baganda People of Uganda, 1st Edition

By Sylvia Antonia Nannyonga-Tamusuza


316 pages

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Originally a royal court dance, baakisimba asserted the authority of the king as the head of Baganda society. After the abolition of kingship in 1967, baakisimba dance began to be performed in other contexts, with women sometimes playing the accompanying drums-traditionally a man's role-and with men occasionally performing the dance.

Sylivia Nannyonga-Tamusuza argues that the music and dance of the Baganda people are not simply reflective of culture; baakisimba participates in the construction of social relations, and helps determine how these relations shape the performing arts. Integrating a study of foregrounds the conceptualization of gender as a time-specific cultural phenomenon. Illuminating the complex relationship between baakisimba and Baganda culture, this path breaking volume bridges the gaps in previous scholarship that integrates music and dance in ethnomusicological scholarship.

About the Author

Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza is a lecturer in the Music Department at Makerere University, Uganda. She has published several essays on gender, music, and dance. Her research interests also include children's music and musical competitions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Dance
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies