Performing The Nation: Swahili Music And Cultural Politics In Tanzania (Chicago Studies In Ethnomusicology)
- Publish Date: 2002-07-28
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Kelly Askew
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As Askew shows, the genres of ngoma (traditional dance), dansi (urban jazz), and taarab (sung Swahili poetry) have played prominent parts in official articulations of Tanzanian National Culture over the years. Drawing on over a decade of research, including extensive experience as a taarab and dansi performer, Askew explores the intimate relations among musical practice, political ideology, and economic change. She reveals the processes and agents involved in the creation of Tanzania's national culture, from government elites to local musicians, poets, wedding participants, and traffic police. Throughout, Askew focuses on performance itselfmusical and otherwiseas key to understanding both nation-building and interpersonal power dynamics.
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