African Music Products

  • Music, Health, and Power

    Singing the Unsayable in The Gambia, 1st Edition

    By Bonnie B. McConnell

    Music, Health, and Power offers an original, on-the-ground analysis of the role that music plays in promoting healthy communities. The book brings the reader inside the world of kanyeleng fertility societies and HIV/AIDS support groups, where women use music to leverage stigma and marginality into…

    Hardback – 2019-11-25 
    SOAS Studies in Music Series

  • Yoruba Oral Tradition in Islamic Nigeria

    A History of Dàdàkúàdá, 1st Edition

    By Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah

    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…

    Hardback – 2019-06-26
    Global Africa

  • Focus: Music and Religion of Morocco

    1st Edition

    By Christopher Witulski

    Focus: Music and Religion of Morocco introduces the region and its history, highlighting how the pressures of religious life, post-colonial economic struggle, and global media come together within Moroccan musical life. Musical practices contextualize and clarify global historical and contemporary…

    Paperback – 2019-05-24
    Focus on World Music Series

  • Metal, Rap, and Electro in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

    A Fragile Underground, 1st Edition

    By Stefano Barone

    Metal, Rap, and Electro in Tunisia is a trip into the music scenes of Tunisia after the Arab Springs. Based on extensive field research, the book explores the social life of heavy metal, rap, and electronic music in a North African country whose mass revolution of 2010/2011 led the way to a…

    Hardback – 2019-04-25
    Routledge Studies in Popular Music

  • Composing the Music of Africa

    Composition, Interpretation and Realisation, 1st Edition

    Edited by Malcolm Floyd

    First published in 1999, this volume explores the great diversity of music created by African communities is reflected in this book, which discusses the ways in which a wide range of musical forms are composed and performed from Egypt to South Africa and from Ghana to Kenya. As two composers…

    Hardback – 2018-07-30
    Routledge Revivals

  • Tracing the Mbira Sound Archive in Zimbabwe

    1st Edition

    By Luis Gimenez Amoros

    Tracing the Mbira Sound Archive in Zimbabwe analyses the revitalisation and repatriation of historical recordings from the largest sound archive in Africa, the International Library of African Music (ILAM). It provides a postcolonial study on the African sound archive divided into three historical…

    Hardback – 2018-06-20

  • Popular Culture in Africa

    The Episteme of the Everyday, 1st Edition

    Edited by Stephanie Newell, Onookome Okome

    This volume marks the 25th anniversary of Karin Barber’s ground-breaking article, "Popular Arts in Africa", which stimulated new debates about African popular culture and its defining categories. Focusing on performances, audiences, social contexts and texts, contributors ask how African…

    Paperback – 2018-02-05
    Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

  • Religion, Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora

    1st Edition

    Edited by William Ackah, Jualynne E. Dodson, R. Drew Smith

    Religion, Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora explores the ways in which religious ideas and beliefs continue to play a crucial role in the lives of people of African descent. The chapters in this volume use historical and contemporary examples to show how people of African…

    Hardback – 2017-10-12
    Routledge Studies in Religion

  • Female Voices from an Ewe Dance-drumming Community in Ghana

    Our Music Has Become a Divine Spirit, 1st Edition

    By James Burns

    Ewe dance-drumming has been extensively studied throughout the history of ethnomusicology, but up to now there has not been a single study that addresses Ewe female musicians. James Burns redresses this deficiency through a detailed ethnography of a group of female musicians from the Dzigbordi…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
    SOAS Studies in Music Series

  • Popular Music Censorship in Africa

    1st Edition

    By Martin Cloonan

    Edited by Michael Drewett

    In Africa, tension between freedom of expression and censorship in many contexts remains as contentious, if not more so, than during the period of colonial rule which permeated the twentieth century. Over the last one hundred years popular musicians have not been free to sing about whatever they…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11

  • Taarab Music in Zanzibar in the Twentieth Century

    A Story of ‘Old is Gold’ and Flying Spirits, 1st Edition

    By Janet Topp Fargion

    The musical genre of taarab is played for entertainment at weddings and other festive occasions all along the Swahili Coast in East Africa. Taarab contains all the features of a typical 'Indian Ocean' music, combining influences from Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, India and the West with local…

    Paperback – 2016-09-09
    SOAS Studies in Music Series

  • The Ma'luf in Contemporary Libya

    An Arab Andalusian Musical Tradition, 1st Edition

    By Philip Ciantar

    The musical tradition of Ma'luf is believed to have come to North Africa with Muslim and Jewish refugees escaping the Christian reconquista of Spain between the tenth and seventeenth centuries. Although this Arab Andalusian music tradition has been studied in other parts of the region, until now,…

    Paperback – 2016-08-26
    SOAS Studies in Music Series

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