Arrest the Music!
Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics
By (author) Tejumola Olaniyan
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Arrest the Music! by Tejumola Olaniyan
Book Description"Olaniyan has given us a profound and beautifully integrated book which culminates in a persuasive interpretation of the relationship between Fela's apparently incompatible presentational selves...The book's accessible and evocative prose is in itself a kind of homage to Fela's continual ability to seduce and astonish...This is such an attractive book you feel like...ransacking your collection for Fela tapes." -Karin Barber "...an indispensable companion to Fela's music and a rich source of information for studies in modern African popular music." -Akin Euba Arrest the Music! is a lively musical study of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, one of Africa's most recognizable, popular, and controversial musicians. The flamboyant originator of the "Afrobeat" sound and self-proclaimed voice of the voiceless, Fela used music, sharp-tongued lyrics, and derisive humor to challenge the shortcomings of Nigerian and postcolonial African states. Looking at the social context, instrumentation, lyrics, visual art, people, and organizations through which Fela produced his music, Tejumola Olaniyan offers a wider, more suggestive perspective on Fela and his impact on listeners in all parts of the world. Placing Fela front and center, Olaniyan underscores important social issues such as authenticity, racial and cultural identity, the relationship of popular culture to radical politics, and the meaning of postcolonialism, nationalism, and globalism in contemporary Africa. Readers interested in music, culture, society, and politics, whether or not they know Fela and his music, will find this work invaluable for understanding the career of an African superstar and the politics of popular culture in contemporary Africa. African Expressive Cultures-Patrick McNaughton, general editor
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253217189
(235mm x 157mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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Includes the essays that focus on the problems and conflicts of doing African diaspora research from various disciplinary perspectives as well as situate, describe, and reflect on the practice of diaspora scholarship. This work intends to enlarge understanding of how the diaspora is conceived and explores possibilities for the future of its study.
African Literature, Hardback (May 2007)
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African Drama and Performance, Paperback (October 2004)
A collection of essays that bring conceptually fresh perspectives to the study of drama, theater, and performance in Africa. It analyzes South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commissions as a kind of social performance. It also considers aspects of African performance in the diaspora.
Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance, Paperback (June 1995)» View all books by Tejumola Olaniyan
Examining in detail the dramas of Baraka, Soyinka, Walcott and Shange, this study describes how these black writers are preoccupied with the invention of a postimperial cultural identity. It charts the foundations of an important aesthetic form, the drama of the African diaspora.
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Author Biography - Tejumola Olaniyan
Tejumola Olaniyan is Professor of English and African Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is co-editor (with John Conteh-Morgan) of African Drama and Performance (IUP, 2004). He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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