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Women's Songs from West Africa
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Exploring the origins, organization, subject matter, and performance contexts of singers and singing, Women's Songs from West Africa expands our understanding of the world of women in West Africa and their complex and subtle roles as verbal artists. Covering Côte d'Ivoire, the Gambia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and beyond, the essays attest to the importance of women’s contributions to the most widespread form of verbal art in Africa.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Dedication Page
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: New Perspectives on Women’s Songs and Singing in West Africa
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1 - Wolof Women Break the Taboo of Sex through Songs
  2. pp. 9-33
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  1. 2 - Jola Kanyalen Songs from the Casamance, Senegal: From “Tradition” to Globalization
  2. pp. 34-52
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  1. 3 - Azna Deities in the Songs of Taguimba Bouzou: A Window on the Visible and Invisible
  2. pp. 53-78
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  1. 4 - Initiation and Funeral Songs from the Guro of Côte d’Ivoire
  2. pp. 79-87
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  1. 5 - Praise Performances by Jalimusolu in the Gambia
  2. pp. 88-111
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  1. 6 - Saharan Music: About a Feminine Modernity
  2. pp. 112-123
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  1. 7 - Songs by Wolof Women
  2. pp. 124-135
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  1. 8 - A Heroic Performance by Siramori Diabaté in Mali
  2. pp. 136-150
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  1. 9 - Women’s Tattooing Songs from Kajoor, Senegal
  2. pp. 151-159
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  1. 10 - Drummed Poems by Songhay-Zarma Women of Niger
  2. pp. 160-191
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  1. 11 - Space, Language, and Identity in the Palm Tree
  2. pp. 192-198
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  1. 12 - Bambara Women’s Songs in Southern Mali
  2. pp. 199-211
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  1. 13 - Patriarchy in Songs and Poetry by Zarma Women
  2. pp. 212-223
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  1. 14 - Muslim Hausa Women’s Songs
  2. pp. 224-256
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  1. 15 - Lamentation and Politics in a Sahelian Song
  2. pp. 257-262
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  1. 16 - Transformations in Tuareg Tende Singing: Women’s Voices and Local Feminisms
  2. pp. 263-289
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  1. 17 - Income Strategies of a Jelimuso in Mali and France
  2. pp. 290-302
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-338
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 339-341
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