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Songs and Politics in Eastern Africa
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xvii
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  1. 1. Religious Versification: from Depoliticisation to Repoliticisation
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. L’intellectuel populaire et l’imaginaire politique : Le cas de Joseph Kamaru
  2. pp. 23-47
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  1. 3. Artistic Discourse and Gender Politics in the Gĩkũyũ Popular Song
  2. pp. 49-71
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  1. 4. The Poetics of Gikũyũ mwomboko: Narrativeas a Technique in HIV-AIDS Awareness Campaign in Rural Kenya
  2. pp. 92-125
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  1. 5. Hip-hop in Nairobi: recognition of aninternational movement and the main means of expression for the urban youth inpoor residential areas
  2. pp. 107-128
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  1. 6. Folk poetry as a weapon of struggle: ananalysis of the Chaka Mchaka resistance songs of the national resistance movement/army of Uganda
  2. pp. 129-156
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  1. 7. Ethnic Identity and Stereotypes in PopularMusic: Mũgiithi79 Performance in Kenya
  2. pp. 157-175
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  1. 8. Song and Politics : the case of D. Owino Misiani
  2. pp. 177-199
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  1. 9. Orature of Combat: Cultural Aesthetics of Song as Political Action in the Performance of the Mau Mau Songs
  2. pp. 201-224
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  1. 10. Resistance and Performance Dynamics: the case of busungusungu vigilantes’ dance of the Sukuma of Tanzania
  2. pp. 225-240
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  1. 11. Music and Politics in Tanzania: a case study of Nyota-wa-Cigogo
  2. pp. 241-272
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  1. 12. Hip-Hop, Westernization and Gender in East Africa
  2. pp. 273-302
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  1. 13. Thematising Election Politics in Swahli Epic:the case of Mahmoud Abdulkadir
  2. pp. 303-314
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  1. 14. Formation of a Popular Music: Hip-hop inTanzania
  2. pp. 315-354
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  1. 15. The enduring power of Somali “oral political poetry”: songs and poems of peace in the midst of chaos
  2. pp. 355-376
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  1. 16. If you’re ugly, know how to sing: aesthetics of resistance and subversion
  2. pp. 377-401
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