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During the long dry season, Tupuri men and women in northern Cameroon gather in gurna camps outside their villages to learn the songs that will be performed at widely attended celebrations to honor the year's dead. The gurna provides a space for them to join together in solidarity to care for their cattle, fatten their bodies, and share local stories. But why does the gurna remain meaningful in the modern nation-state of Cameroon? In Journey of Song, Clare A. Ignatowski explores the vitality of gurna ritual in the context of village life and urban neighborhoods. She shows how Tupuri songs borrow from political discourse on democracy in Cameroon and make light of human foibles, publicize scandals, promote the prestige of dancers, and provide an arena for powerful social commentary on the challenges of modern life. In the context of broad social change in Africa, Ignatowski explores the creative and communal process by which local livelihoods and identities are validated in dance and song.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Note on Orthography and Song Notation
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. 16-19
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  1. ONE Introduction
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. TWO Maïtené’s Modern Life: Song as Negotiation of Public Morality
  2. pp. 24-40
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  1. THREE “Better than Family, Better than Girls”:T he Tupuri Gurna Society [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 41-74
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  1. FOUR Defying the Modern:Play of Identities in Gurna Dance Exhortation(Bɔ’ge Fɔgε)
  2. pp. 75-92
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  1. FIVE “Telephone of the Dance”: Circulation of Gurna Song Discourse
  2. pp. 93-108
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  1. SIX “Rise Up, Gather Like Storm Clouds”: Poetics of Gurna Song (Siŋ Gurna) [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 109-141
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  1. SEVEN “I Become Your Boy”: Power, Legitimacy and Magic in Song Composition
  2. pp. 142-158
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  1. EIGHT Staging Conflict through Insult:Competing Systems of Justice
  2. pp. 159-176
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  1. NINE Multipartyism and Nostalgia for the Unified Past:Discourses of Democracy in Gurna Politics
  2. pp. 177-196
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  1. TEN Conclusion
  2. pp. 197-201
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 203-212
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 213-220
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-223
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253111593
Print ISBN
9780253346469
MARC Record
OCLC
74490235
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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