Yoruba Oral Tradition in Islamic Nigeria: A History of Dàdàkúàdá, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Yoruba Oral Tradition in Islamic Nigeria

A History of Dàdàkúàdá, 1st Edition

By Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah


152 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367260323
pub: 2019-07-01
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This book traces Dàdàkúàdá’s history and artistic vision and discusses its vibrancy as the most popular traditional Yoruba oral art form in Islamic Africa.

Foregrounding the role of Dàdàkúàdá in Ilorin, and of Ilorin in Dàdàkúàdá the book covers the history, cultural identity, performance techniques, language, social life and relationship with Islam of the oral genre. The author examines Dàdàkúàdá’s relationship with Islam and discusses how the Dàdàkúàdá singers, through their songs and performances, are able to accommodate Islam in ways that have ensured their continued survival as a traditional African genre in a predominantly Muslim community.

This book will be of interest to scholars of traditional African culture, African art history, performance studies and Islam in Africa.

Table of Contents

1. Geography and Culture of Ilorin 2. Performance, Poetry and Traditions Overview 3. Developmental Stages of Dàdàkúàdá 4. Influence of Islam on Dàdàkúàdá 5. Performance Techniques 6. Politics, Partisanship and Traditional Oral Poetry: An Example of Odolaye Aremu 7. Aremu Ose and Performance Topicality 8. Aesthetic and Didactic Dimensions in Dàdàkúàdá

About the Author

Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah is Professor of English and Comparative Poetics and Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria. He is co-author of Introduction to African Oral Literature and Performance (2005), and author of Africanity, Islamicity and Performativity (2009), African Discourse in Islam, Oral Traditions, and Performance (2010), Cultural Globalization And Plurality (2011), Globalization, Oral Performance and African Traditional Poetry (2018).

About the Series

Global Africa

This series will produce new scholarship on African experiences within the field of global history, globalization, African Diaspora, Atlantic History, etc. It is our goal to publish works that view African ideas from a global perspective and vice versa, thus placing Africa squarely within the framework of globalization, and change the perception of African people vis-a-vis the world, creating an innovative source of new works about Africa and the world.

This new series will serve several important functions. First and foremost, it will create a space for scholars and educators to find resources that aid in the understanding of Africa’s place in the world’s global and regional economic political and intellectual spheres throughout history. Second, our monographs will incorporate African experiences into broader historical theories that have hitherto marginalized Africans within the realm of global history. We aim to provide competing views of Africa’s place in various global systems can be studied in a systemic fashion without resorting to pseudo-historical themes that ultimately harm our understanding of the African past.

Most importantly, we will take up the mantle of African production of knowledge on a global scale, and emphasize how Africans, who have long been marginalized in global intellectual traditions, have shaped the very civilizations that shunned the former’s contributions. The resulting marginalization has resulted in many of the ills that African peoples face today. By redeeming the African place in the global intellectual tradition, we will also help emphasize the African political and economic past in ways that place the continent front and center in the creation of the world we all inhabit. As a result, it will form an innovative platform where scholars put forward new ideas regarding Africa’s role in world affairs that have long been overlooked and underemphasized.

For submissions and enquiries, please contact:

Toyin Falola: toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu

Roy Doron: doronrs@wssu.edu

Leanne Hinves: leanne.hinves@tandf.co.uk

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / African
ART / Performance
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Folk & Traditional
POETRY / African
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies