Playing with Identities in Contemporary Music in Africa

Synopsis

The musics of Africa play a particularly important role in expressing and forming identities. This book brings together African and Nordic scholars from both musicology and other disciplines in an attempt to analyse various aspects of the complex playing with volatile identities in music in Africa today. Taken together the papers put new light on the assumed or real dichotomies between countryside and city, collective and individual, tradition and modernity, authentic and alien. The papers are based on contributions for a conference organized by the research project "Cultural Images in and of Africa" of the Nordic Africa Institute together with the Sibelius Museum/Department of Musicology and the Centre for Continuing Education at ¿bo Akademi University in ¿bo (Turku), Finland in October 2000. The book includes a keynote speech by Christopher Waterman (UCLA), and an introduction by Annemette Kirkegaard, Copenhagen University. Southern, West and East Africa are represented in the studies, which cover a great variety of musics.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Lennart Wohlgemuth
  • Annemette Kirkegaard
  • Christopher Waterman
  • Johannes Brusila
  • John Collins
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Uppsala
Publication year:
  • 2002

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