Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Nigeria. Musique Haoussa: Traditions De L'émirat De Kano / Nigeria. Hausa Music: Traditions of the Emirate of Kano

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Nigeria. Musique Haoussa: Traditions De L'émirat De Kano / Nigeria. Hausa Music: Traditions of the Emirate of Kano

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Nigeria. Musique Haoussa: Traditions de l'Émirat de Kano / Nigeria. Hausa Music: Traditions of the Emirate of Kano. 2006. INEDIT / Maison des Cultures du Monde W 260124. Recorded by Pierre Bois. Annotated by Françoise Gründ, Pierre Bois, and Ali Bature. 19 pp. of notes in French and English. English translation by Frank Kane. 4 colour, 7 b/w photographs. 1 compact disc, 13 tracks (61:17).

Praise songs play a significant role in delineating social hierarchies in Hausa land, a society in which social status is linked to factors of birth, gender, and occupational affiliation. It is in this regard that this CD provides a glimpse of the social and sonic landscape of Hausa music. The recording emanates from a concert tour of France by musicians from the ancient city of Kano in northern Nigeria. As in much of Hausa music, gender issues and religious piety resonate vibrantly in the recording. In tracks 1-5, for example, a male royal ensemble (makadan sarauta) sings in praise of Allah and Prophet Muhammad, and extols the qualities of rich patrons. This group sings to an accompaniment played on instruments that include akvatun kida (lamellaphone), kalangu (tension drum), and kukuma (one-stringed fiddle). The next four tracks feature a female ensemble whose performances are distinguished by the sound of the shantu-a cylindrical gourd that has become a symbol of the female voice in northern Nigeria. …

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