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Queens of Afrobeat : Women, Play, and Fela Kuti's Music Rebellion

Title
Queens of Afrobeat : Women, Play, and Fela Kuti's Music Rebellion / Dotun Ayobade.
ISBN
9780253068651
9780253068644
9780253068637
9780253068668
Publication
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, 2024.
Manufacture
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 0000
Copyright Notice Date
©2024.
Physical Description
1 online resource (388 pages).
Local Notes
Access is available to the Yale community.
Notes
Description based on print version record.
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Summary
"In Queens of Afrobeat, the women of Afrobeat music--a unique blend of jazz, soul, highlife, and West African rhythms--are finally given the recognition they deserve. This extensive study takes a multifaceted view of the storied lives of the women behind Fela Kuti's activist music. Dotun Ayobade's wide-ranging research pulls from interviews with surviving queens, ethnographic narratives, the exploration of newspaper archives, and close readings of album covers, photographs, and promotional materials to help us see and understand the women who surrounded Fela Kuti on stage and in everyday life. Not only were these artists crucial performers and backup singers for Kuti's most important compositions, they also played key roles in his activism and campaigns of social protest against the Nigerian government in the 1970s. Drawing on previously untapped material, Queens of Afrobeat weaves together an intricate narrative of women's participation in popular music. The stories of these remarkable women transform and uniquely personalize our understanding of the politics and performance of one of the major modern musical traditions in Africa"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Project MUSE complete collection 2024.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
April 10, 2024
Contents
Introduction
Birth of a restless collective : how the "girls" converged
From FRK to "Lady" : a revised genealogy of the music's other women
To improvise a precarious freedom : before FESTAC 77
Unknown soldier : the 1977 Kalakuta Invasion and the geopolitics of intimacy
"Spirit catch am" : possessions, paranoia, and the tumultuous Egypt
Facing the music : AIDS and alienatoin after Fela
Where we fall is where we pick ourselves up from" : a legacy in fragments
Conclusion : what Afrobeat owes women it may never repay.
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Criticism, interpretation, etc.
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