Contemporary Dimensions in Nigerian Music

It is within this cusp that this book looks at contemporary trajectories in Nigerian music.

Contemporary Dimensions in Nigerian Music

From ancient to contemporary times, music in the area known as Nigeria has passed through different stages of transmutation. Primarily transmitted through oral means has in the last century received significant scholarly attention. Areas like folksong documentation, ethno-organological studies, popular music studies and art music have continued to feature in scholarly discourse. Societal dynamism allows room for scholarly reassessment and evaluation of aspects of Nigerian music; thus, reflecting change and continuity in the area. It is within this cusp that this book looks at contemporary trajectories in Nigerian music. Contributors are Charles Aluede, Albert Oikelome, Yemi Akperi, Oghenemudiakevwe Igbi, John Aideloje Abolagba, 'Femi Adedeji, Samuel Ayodele Adegboyega, Emurobome Idolor, Opeyemi Adeyinka Asaolu, David Bolaji, Margaret Efurhievwe, Bruno Ekewenu, Sunday Ofuani, Enoh Okafor, Philo Igue Okpeki, Rotimi Peters Ologundudu, Edward Oluwagbemiga Olusegun, Bode Omojola, Peace Onyenye, Precious Omuku, Udoka Ossaiga, Akin Joseph Osunniyi, Isaac Udoh

African Youth Languages

In Nigeria, for example, hip hop music is gradually becoming a badge of social identity and an organic hub of youth ... the investigation of structures and the sociolinguistic dimensions of modern Nigerian music has similarly begun.

African Youth Languages

This book showcases current research on language in new media, the performing arts and music in Africa, emphasising the role that youth play in language change and development. The authors demonstrate how the efforts of young people to throw off old colonial languages and create new local ones has become a site of language creativity. Analysing the language of ‘new media’, including social media, print media and new media technologies, and of creative arts such as performance poetry, hip-hop and rap, they use empirical research from such diverse countries as Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya, the Ivory Coast and South Africa. This original edited collection will appeal to students and scholars of African sociolinguistics, particularly in the light of the rapidly changing globalized context in which we live.

Ethnosensitive Dimensions of African Oral Literature

Contemporary Igbo discography is replete with the panegyric ethos; many musicians, whether performing within the idiom of ... of praise epithets that reflect the acquisitive, capitalist tendencies in contemporary Nigerian society.

Ethnosensitive Dimensions of African Oral Literature

Ethnosensitive Dimensions of African Oral Literature: Igbo Perspectives is a collection of nineteen essays spanning all genres of African Oral literature, from the poetic genre to the rhetorical genre. Part One of the book is introductory, and includes three essays that are of a general kind, touching all aspects of the genres, while Part Two includes six essays concerned with the poetic genre. Part Three, made up of two essays and concern the prose genre while Part Four, of two essays, examines the drama genre. Part Five, made up of three essays, addresses the rhetorical genre, and Part Six has three essays that cut across all the genres. The contributions examine the implications of ethnocentric imperatives of oral literature in relation to nationalistic demands.

Culture and Development in Africa and the Diaspora

From Contemporary Culture (4th edition). New York: Harcourt College Publishers. Adedeji, F. (2004). Classification of Nigerian gospel music styles. Nigerian Music Review, (5), 62–80. Adedeji, F. (2004). Nigerian Gospel Music: A Study of ...

Culture and Development in Africa and the Diaspora

This book examines the intersection between cultural identities and development in African and the Diaspora from multidisciplinary perspectives. Starting with the premise that culture is one of the most significant factors in development, the book examines diverse topics such as the migrations of musical forms, social media, bilingualism and religion. Foregrounding the work of Africa based scholars, the book presents strategies for identifying solutions to the challenges facing African culture and development. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of African Studies and African Culture and Society.

Playing with Identities in Contemporary Music in Africa

NIGER CHAD BENIN Abuja Yoruba Lagos CAMEROON Gulf of Guinea Nigeria The map indicates only the ethnic group mentioned in ... These two dimensions of the Yoruba metaphor ojú point toward a conception of identity which indeed recognizes ...

Playing with Identities in Contemporary Music in Africa

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 Ã...bo Akademi University in Ã...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.

A Contemporary Study of Musical Arts Theory and practice of modern African classical drum music

In contemporary experience, African drum music has been generally misunderstood and, thereby misrepresented as ... Contemplative drumming has “classical” dimensions in terms of the systematic conformation and development of basic ...

A Contemporary Study of Musical Arts  Theory and practice of modern African classical drum music

The 1st three volumes present material in a modular approach. Each volume presents progressively more advanced concepts in the categories: musical structure and form, factors of music appreciation, music instruments, music and society, research project, musical arts theatre, school songs technique, and performance. The 4th volume is a collection of essays. The 5th volume contains printed music.

The Kwagh hir Theater

These simple songs of sentimental, romantic, or political value are often delivered in a narrative style. ... I wish to expatiate further, with the contemporary dimensions of these sung epics. This is the dimension of resistance, ...

The Kwagh hir Theater

This book describes how the Tiv people of Nigeria use their indigenous theater to fight against British colonialism and oppression by dominant groups in Nigeria. It celebrates the power of the theater to give voice to the voiceless and to become a catalyst for positive change.

A Contemporary Study of Musical Arts Illuminations reflections and explorations

The interplay of long triplet and dotted quarter notes, in vertical or temporal dimensions is a distinguishing feature of African musical sound that translates into elegant eurhythmic display in choreo- rhythmic manifestation.

A Contemporary Study of Musical Arts  Illuminations  reflections and explorations

The Contemporary study of musical arts, Volumes 1 to 5 is a series that emphasizes the intellectual security of cultural knowledge orientation in the study and research of the musical arts for students and educators that could engage in global knowledge discourse and practice with original cultural-mental integrity. The "Need" that introduces the series argues that "theoretical content, philosophical and psychological foundations of creativity and practice, the nature and principles of musical arts theatre, and research and historical process [should] derive in essence from the original African intellectual perspective about the sense and meaning of music - indigenous to contemporary." The contents discuss what is Africa-generic at the sub-structural level about musical arts conceptualization and practice. Volume 4 is a collection of scholarly essays, some in narrative style, that discusses specifi c musical arts topics, basic to African indigenous knowledge grounding, in the disciplinary fields of philosophical illuminations, theoretical explorations, indigenous concept of drama, contemporary musical arts education including dance education, science and technology, and music and health.

Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere

Daniel Jamada and Lars Lovén, 2016) examines the contemporary music scene in Angola, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, ... over time: it explores the contemporary relevance of Pan-Africanism in its political and aesthetic dimensions as it ...

Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere

Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere introduces a new concept to Nordic film studies as well as to other small national, transnational and world cinema traditions. Examining overlooked 'elsewheres', the book presents Nordic cinemas as international, cosmopolitan, diasporic and geographically dispersed, from their beginnings in the early silent period to their present 21st-century dynamics. Exploring both canonical works by directors like Ingmar Bergman and Lars von Trier, as well as a wide range of unknown or overlooked narratives of movement, synthesis and resistance, the book offers a new model of inquiry into a multi-varied Scandinavian cultural lineage, and into small nation and pan-regional world cinemas.

African Indigenous Religious Traditions in Local and Global Contexts

The rise in music production in contemporary Nigeria is startling and astonishing. ... It is important to point out the centre point of most African and Nigerian literary writings are diverse dimensions of indigenous traditions.

African Indigenous Religious Traditions in Local and Global Contexts

This volume honours one of the great scholars of our era, Professor Jacob Olupona. Although he has conducted significant portions of his career outside of Nigeria, he has not separated himself from his colleagues or from interests in religions in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa. His publications and presentations offer the international scholarly community important critical insights into a range of religious activities, life ways and ideas originating in Africans and the African Diaspora. In spite of the diversity in the thoughts and opinions expressed, and equally of the range of disciplines and topics contained in the book, one can say that the contributors have developed a shared concern about the role of African Indigenous Religious Traditions in the processes of development and the context within which it (development) had or is taking place. The book guides us to a deep understanding and appreciation of how Africans in their varied situations grapple with existential problems through philosophical ruminations, complex ritual processes, cultivated memory and organized coping strategies.

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

The term 'theatre' in Nigeria is itself used as a Gestalt for all stage works that conceptually integrate drama, music and dance. The issue of authenticity has therefore been the most distorted and contradictory in Nigeria's modern ...

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

Now available in paperback for the first time this edition of the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre series examines theatrical developments in Africa since 1945. Entries on thirty-two African countries are featured in this volume, preceded by specialist introductory essays on Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa, History and Culture, Cosmology, Music, Dance, Theatre for Young Audiences and Puppetry. There are also special introductory general essays on African theatre written by Nobel Prize Laureate Wole Soyinka and the outstanding Congolese playwright, Sony Labou Tansi, before his untimely death in 1995. More up-to-date and more wide-ranging than any other publication, this is undoubtedly a major ground-breaking survey of contemporary African theatre.

A Contemporary Study of Musical Arts The stem growth

The ordinarily intuitive ability could be acquired by persons from outside the culture and, for modern, music literacy ... the patterns of simultaneous and successive interval combinations in vertical and lineal dimensions respectively.

A Contemporary Study of Musical Arts  The stem   growth

The Contemporary study of musical arts, Volumes 1 to 5 is a series that emphasizes the intellectual security of cultural knowledge orientation in the study and research of the musical arts for students and educators that could engage in global knowledge discourse and practice with original cultural-mental integrity. The "Need" that introduces the series argues that "theoretical content, philosophical and psychological foundations of creativity and practice, the nature and principles of musical arts theatre, and research and historical process [should] derive in essence from the original African intellectual perspective about the sense and meaning of music - indigenous to contemporary." The contents discuss what is Africa-generic at the sub-structural level about musical arts conceptualization and practice. Volumes 1 to 3 are designed as a graduated series for musical arts education at the tertiary level under the module topics: musical structure and form; factors of music appreciation; music instruments; music and society; research; music theatre; and performance.

The Making of Contemporary Africa

The example of a Nigerian city where some industrial production has emerged out of the so-called informal sector is brought ... Also interesting is Matthias Krings and Onookome Okomo, Global Nollywood: The Transnational Dimensions of an ...

The Making of Contemporary Africa

This established text provides a refreshing account of the complex events in sub-Saharan Africa since 1800. Now fully revised and updated throughout, the third edition incorporates the latest scholarship and includes new chapters on Africa in the twenty-first century, and social history since independence.

Mediating Peace

Olatunji, M. (2007) 'Yabis: A Phenomenon in the Contemporary Nigerian Music', The Journal of Pan African Studies, 1(9): 26-44. ... Oxley, J.C. (2011) The Moral Dimensions of Empathy, New York: Palgrave Macmillian.

Mediating Peace

This volume examines the role and contributions of art, music and film in peace-building and reconciliation, offering a distinctive approach in various forms of art in peace-building in a wide range of conflict situations, particularly in religiously plural contexts. As such, it provides readers with a comprehensive perspective on the subject. The contributors are composed of prominent scholars and artists who examine theoretical, professional and practical perspectives and debates, and address three central research questions, which form the theoretical basis of this project: namely, ‘In what way have particular forms of art enhanced peace-building in conflict situations?’, ‘How do artistic forms become a public demonstration and expression of a particular socio-political context?’, and ‘In what way have the arts played the role of catalyst for peace-building, and, if not, why not?’ This volume demonstrates that art contributes in conflict and post-conflict situations in three main ways: transformation at an individual level; peace-building between communities; and bridging justice and peace for sustainable reconciliation.

The Organ Works of Fela Sowande Cultural Perspectives

“A Profile of Nigerian Organist-Composers .” The Diapason 94, no . 8 (August 2003) : 20-23 . ... “The Creative Experience of a Contemporary Nigerian Com—poser .” LivingMusic 20, no . ... Intercultural Dimensions in Ayo Bankole's Music.

The Organ Works of Fela Sowande  Cultural Perspectives

Nigeria has been blessed with a few well-trained organist-composers since the arrival of Christianity in the most populous African country around the 1840s. The institutions established by European missionaries and the colonial administration had a great impact on the emergence of the 'Nigerian organ school'. The musicians had their formative periods at the mission schools, church choirs, and under organ playing apprenticeships. This book focuses on selected organ works by the most celebrated African art musician, Fela Sowande, a Nigerian organist-composer. Fela Sowande is the first African to popularize organ works by natives of Africa in Europe and the United States. He was one of the pioneer composers to incorporate indigenous African elements such as folksongs, rhythms and other types of traditional source materials in solo works for organ. He is considered the most prolific Nigerian composer for solo organ in Nigeria. The discussion of Sowande's music enunciates the relationship between traditional and contemporary musical processes in postcolonial Nigeria. A cultural and/or ethnomusicological analysis of Sowande's selected pieces for organ solo involves an examination of specific indigenous source materials such as rhythmic organization, melodic constructs/thematic materials (music communication), interrelations of music and dance, and elements of musical conception.

Drama and Theatre in Nigeria

He has rationalized the plight of the traditional musical system in the face of modern compositional aspirations and ... Instead , the modern Nigerian creative and performing arts scene is rife with destructive dimensions of personal as ...

Drama and Theatre in Nigeria


Directory of World Cinema Africa

This music emphasizes the mythic dimensions of the story, transcending the geographic and cultural specificity of its ... We then see traditional communal call-and-response singing before contemporary rumba music, which draws heavily ...

Directory of World Cinema Africa

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Europe in the Contemporary World 1900 to the Present

In Britain, migrants of African descent incorporated elements of reggae from Jamaica, jazz and soul from the United States, samba from Brazil, and highlife from Nigeria in their music, while those in France added aspects of the griot ...

Europe in the Contemporary World  1900 to the Present

This newly updated and improved edition of Bonnie G. Smith's classic textbook provides the most authoritative history available of Europe in a global context during the 20th and 21st centuries. It cleverly incorporates elements of political, social, cultural, economic and intellectual history and presents an integrated history with detailed coverage right across the continent. Including 131 images and 23 maps, Europe in the Contemporary World: 1900 to the Present is organized around key themes within a chronological chapter structure that is easy to follow. Smith's balanced treatment of the subject allows for a comprehensive assessment of the positive and negative developments in European history over the period, as well as the wider impact of this in the world at large. The book also includes picture essays and document sections, which provide variety and foreground the importance of primary sources, and useful end-of-chapter further readings for students who wish to investigate specific topics in greater depth. The enhanced 2nd edition contains: * A new chapter on the 21st-century issues that have challenged and continue to challenge Europe * More material on globalization, the end of the Cold War, European countercultures and various other topics * Historiographic updates throughout Europe in the Contemporary World: 1900 to the Present is the definitive guide to Europe and its place in the world since 1900 for students and scholars alike.

Highlife Music in West Africa

... nationally within contemporary urban setting. Bobby Benson of Nigeria and E. T. Mensah of Ghana severally fought for recognition for the image of musicians and their contributions towards the socio-political growth of the society.

Highlife Music in West Africa

Highlife Music in West Africa is an excursion into the origins and development of an extraordinary music form. Highlife music is essentially an urban music, but unlike dance music performed using Western musical instruments, its dynamism is based less in the aesthetics of form and style than in song-texts. Critics treat highlife as a popular music genre, but this fails to acknowledge the role that the lyrics of highlife music played in the search for political, economic, and national growth and stability in Africa. Highlife musicians' messages, like drama and theater scripts, not only reflect Africa's culture but also highlight her social, economic, and political problems. The involvement of radicals and Pan-Africanists has helped elevate highlife musicians from the status of entertainers to a more serious and responsible one, as modern African town criers, whose song-texts are communal messages, warnings, and counseling.

Readings in the Humanities

Amongst other musical types in this contemporary African music scene in Nigeria is the highlife dance music . ... Highlife funk , Afro Jazz ( South African jazz ) , Reggae , and so on , are new dimensions in the music of Africa today .

Readings in the Humanities