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Title Songs and politics in Eastern Africa / edited by Kimani Njogu, Hervé Maupeu.
Imprint Dar es Salaam, Tanzania : Mkuki na Nyota Publishers ; Nairobi, Kenya : IFRA, 2007.

Subject Political ballads and songs -- Africa, East.
Folk music -- Political aspects -- Africa, East.
Alt Name Njogu, Kimani,
Maupeu, Hervé,
Institut français de recherche en Afrique.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 401 pages) : illustrations
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Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Note Articles in English or French.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Summary Songs and Politics in Eastern Africa brings together important essays on songs and politics in the region and beyond. Through an analysis of the voices from the margins, the authors (contributors) enter into the debate on cultural productions and political change. The theme that cuts across the contributions is that songs are, in addition to their aesthetic appeal, vital tools for exploring how political and social events are shaped and understood by citizens. Urbanization, commercialization and globalization contributed to the vibrancy of East African popular music of the 1990s which was marked by hybridity, syncretism and innovativeness. It was a product of social processes inseparable from society, politics, and other critical issues of the day. The lyrics explored socials cosmology, worldviews, class and gender relations, interpretations of value systems, and other political, social and cultural practices, even as they entertained and provided momentary escape for audience members. Frustration, disenchantments, and emotional fatigue resulting from corrupt and dictatorial political systems that stifle the potential of citizens drove and still drive popular music in Eastern Africa as in most of Africa. Songs and Politics in Eastern Africa is an important addition to the study of popular culture and its role in shaping society.
Contents 1. Religious versification: from depoliticisation to repoliticisation / Kimani Njogu -- 2. L'intellectuel populaire et l'imaginaire politique: Le cas de Joseph Kamaru / Herve Maupeu -- 3. Artistic discourse and gender politics in the Gikuyu popular song / Michael W. Mwaura -- 4. The poetics of Gikuyu mwomboko: narrative as a technique in HIV-AIDS awareness campaign in rural Kenya / Mwangi P. Muhoro -- 5. Hip-hop in Nairobi: recognition of an international movement and the main means of expression for the urban youth in poor residential areas / Aurelia Ferrari -- 6. Folk poetry as a weapon of struggle: an analysis of the Chaka Mchaka resistance songs of the national resistance movement/army of Uganda / Musambayi Katumanga -- 7. Ethnic identity and stereotypes in popular music: Mugiithi performance in Kenya / Maina wa Mutonya -- 8. Song and politics: the case of D. Owino Misiani / Adams Oloo -- 9. Orature of combat: cultural aesthetics of song as political action in the performance of the Mau Mau songs / Bantu Mwaura -- 10. Resistance and performance dynamics: the case of busungusungu vigilantes' dance of the Sukuma of Tanzania / Herbert F. Makoye -- 11. Music and politics in Tanzania: a case study of Nyota-wa-Cigogo / Frowin Paul Nyoni -- 12. Hip-hop, westernization and gender in East Africa / Mwenda Ntarangwi -- 13. Thematising election politics in Swahli epic: the case of Mahmoud Abdulkadir / Rayya Timammy -- 14. Formation of a popular music: hip-hop in Tanzania / Alice Bancet -- 15. The enduring power of Somali "oral political poetry": songs and poems of peace in the midst of chaos / Chantal Logan -- 16. If you're ugly, know how to sing: aesthetics of resistance and subversion / Lupenga Mphande.
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ISBN 9789987081080 (electronic bk.)
9987081088 (electronic bk.)
9789987449422 (pbk.)
9987449425 (pbk.)
OCLC # 715160749
Additional Format Print version: Songs and politics in Eastern Africa. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania : Mkuki na Nyota Publishers ; Nairobi, Kenya : IFRA, 2007 9789987449422 (OCoLC)177013980