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1st Edition

Music, Performance and African Identities

ISBN 9780415719612
Published September 20, 2013 by Routledge
356 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Cutting across countries, genres, and time periods, this volume explores topics ranging from hip hop’s influence on Maasai identity in current day Tanzania to jazz in Bulawayo during the interwar years, using music to tell a larger story about the cultures and societies of Africa.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Tyler Fleming and Toyin Falola  Part One: Contemporary Music and Its Wider Social Impacts  1. Inventing East African Hip-Hop: Youth and Musical Convergence in East Africa  George Gathigi  2. Rap, Cartoon and Rap Cartoon: Representations of the Maasai in Contemporary Tanzanian Popular Culture  Katrina Daly Thompson  3. An Emulating Beat: The Takiboronse Effect in Burkina Faso Popular Culture  Batamaka Somé  4. Infectious Beats: Urban Grooves Music’s Collusion with the Zimbabwean State  Farai Wonderful Bere  Part Two: Transnational Projections and Performances  5. Popular Culture in Senegal: Blending the Secular and the Religious  Fallou Ngom  6. Blackface in America and Africa: Popular Arts and Diaspora Consciousness in Cape Town and the Gold Coast  Benjamin Brühwiler  7. The South Africanization of Tanzanian Christian Popular Music  Mathayo B. Ndomondo  Part Three: Historical Reflections on Music  8. Representations of Sophiatown in Kwaito Music: Mafikizolo and Musical Memory  Xavier Livermon  9. Stars of Song and Cinema: The Impact of Film on 1950s Johannesburg’s Black Music Scene  Tyler Fleming  10. Performing and Contesting Modernity: Zimbabwean Urban Musicians and Cultural Self-Constructions, 1930s-70s  Moses Chikowero  11. Revisiting Country Music in Zimbabwe to Reflect Upon the History of the Study of African Popular Culture  Jonathan Zilberg  Part Four: Cultural and Political Meanings in African Music  12. Things Fall Apart: What Troubles Hath Hip Hop In Kenya?  George Nyabuga  13. Speaking the Unspeakable Through Hiplife: A Discursive Construction of Ghanaian Political Discourse  Samuel Gyasi Obeng  14. Popular Music in Cape Verde: Resistance or Conciliation?  Juliana Braz Dias

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Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Tyler Fleming is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History & Geography at the University of Texas at Austin.