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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright Page

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pp. 5-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Acknowledgements

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pp. vii-viii

Notes on Contributors

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pp. ix-xii

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xv

All over Africa, an explosion in cultural productions of various genres is in evidence. Whether it be in relation to music, song, dance, drama, play, poetry, film, documentaries, photography, cartoons, fine art, novels (fiction and faction), short stories, essays and (auto)biography, the continent is experiencing a robust outpouring...

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1. Dancing through the Crisis: Survival Dynamics and Zimbabwe Music Industry

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pp. 1-28

The details of how Zimbabwe – once lauded as the jewel of Africa – slid into a mess over the past decade have been well chronicled (see Melber 2004; Harold- Berry 2004; Vambe 2008). President Robert Mugabe and his ruling ZANU PF blame the economic meltdown on the British and their allies the United States of...

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2. Retelling Joburg for TV: Risky City

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pp. 29-46

This paper deals with my experiences as a researcher on a TV show about youth in the city of Johannesburg – now officially called Joburg – while working on a study of intertextuality. My study into intertextuality became my doctorate thesis and, later, turned into a book1 and a few published articles...

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3. The Legendary Inikpi of Nigeria: A Play – Political Interpretation and Contemporary Implications

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pp. 47-66

This chapter examines the political interpretation of the legendary Inikpi play and its implications for Nigerian society today. In order to develop this political interpretation of the legendary Inikpi, the chapter examines some historical and anthropological works concerning the origins of the Igala people. It is from an...

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4. Makishi Masquerade and Activities: The Reformulation of Visual and Performance Genres of the Mukanda School of Zambia1

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pp. 67-82

Makishi (singular, Likishi) are masked characters associated with the coming of age rituals of the Vaka Chiyama Cha Mukwamayi communities of the north-western part of Zambia. The term refers to the masks and costumes that constitute a character being portrayed. The masks are believed to be a manifestation of the...

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5. Religiosity in Vihiga District: Modernity and Expressions of Outward Forms

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pp. 83-108

From a cultural perspective, religion is a very diverse phenomenon. This is because culture influences people to behave in a certain way, affecting the way they express themselves, including their religiosity. The many African cultures can be argued to have caused religious and/or denominational diversity in African religiosity. For...

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6. Striking the Snake with its own Fangs: Uganda Acoli Song, Performance and Gender Dynamics1

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pp. 109-128

This chapter, based on a field study among the Acoli of northern Uganda, revisits the idea of gender and genre – arguing that in order to understand Acoli gender one needs to pay attention to the genres through which it is expressed. Song performance is one of the popular cultural forms through which gender is...

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7. Industrie musicale au Sénégal: étude d’une évolution

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pp. 129-176

Les années 1980 ont vu le Sénégal amorcer un grand virage dans le domaine de la musique. L’ère de l’industrie musicale fit son apparition avec l’installation de studios d’enregistrement qui contribuèrent à l’explosion de la musique au Sénégal. Les artistes eurent la possibilité de trouver sur place pour se faire enregistrer ce qu’ils allaient chercher...

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8. Voix féminines de la chanson au Cameroun: émergence et reconnaissance artistique

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pp. 177-196

La musique, plus que toute autre forme de l’art au Cameroun, est un domaine en perpétuelle émulation. Il faut dire qu’elle a largement de quoi soutenir une inspiration originale et continue parmi la diversité des rythmes dont regorge la grande variété ethnique qui constitue le peuplement national. Au fil des années, la musique populaire...

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9. Vidéo et espace politique: le cas de la Côte d’Ivoire

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pp. 197-232

Les nombreuses crises qui traversent la Côte d’Ivoire depuis le décès du Président Félix Houphouët Boigny ont abouti à un conflit manifeste dans la nuit du 18 au 19 septembre 2002 (Akindès 2004). Les insurgés se retranchent dans la zone nord pendant que le sud est sous le contrôle des forces loyalistes. De part et d’autre de...

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10. Les Bantous de la capitale de Brazzaville: Cycle de vie et productions culturelles

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pp. 233-260

L’espace africain du fait de la mondialisation est de plus en plus traversé par plusieurs courants musicaux : les musiques traditionnelles, la world music, les musiques religieuses et les musiques savantes d’origine occidentale. L’histoire de la musique africaine suit étroitement l’histoire globale de l’Afrique depuis la période...

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11. Le vidéoclip congolais : politique de mots et rhétorique d’images1

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pp. 261-286

La rencontre entre la musique et la technologie moderne a révolutionné les procès de création, d’expression et de réception des oeuvres musicales. Après, par exemple, l’invention du phonographe qui a permis la domestication et la reproductibilité à volonté du son, la musique a bénéficié d’autres moyens et procédés techniques...

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12. Artes e reconstruir indentidades: Um Proyetode teatro em Mozambique1

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pp. 287-300

Introdução à proposta de investigação ou “o caminho que fiz para aqui chegar” ...

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13. Afterword: A Meditation of the Convener

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pp. 301-311

Not a preface, this is a testimony in accompanying voices in African studies. They are of the participants in the Durban, South Africa, Social Science Campus of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) of 17-21 December 2007. An afterword, it expresses an attitude. For a Convener arriving directly...

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pp. 330-330