A History of African Popular Culture

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Popular culture in Africa is the product of everyday life: the unoffi cial, the
non- canonical. And it is the dynamism of this culture that makes Africa what
it is. In this book, Karin Barber offers a journey through the history of music,
theatre, fi ction, song, dance, poetry, and fi lm from the seventeenth century to
the present day. From satires created by those living in West African coastal
towns in the era of the slave trade to the poetry and fi ction of townships
and mine compounds in South Africa, and from today’s East African streets,
where Swahili hip- hop artists gather, to the juggernaut of the Nollywood fi lm
industry, this book weaves together a wealth of sites and scenes of cultural
production. In doing so, it provides an ideal text for students and researchers
seeking to learn more about the diversity, specifi city, and vibrancy of popular
cultural forms in African history


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages201
ISBN (Electronic)9781139061766
ISBN (Print)9781107624474
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameNew Approaches to African History