I Could Speak Until Tomorrow
Oriki, Women and the Past in a Yoruba Town
By (author) Karin Barber
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I Could Speak Until Tomorrow by Karin Barber
Book DescriptionIn Yoruba culture oriki, or oral praise poetry, is a major part of both traditional performance and daily life, and as such reflects social change and structure both past and present. Karin Barber studies the oriki poetry of Okuku, a small town in the Oyo state of Nigeria. She shows how women, the main performers of the oriki, interpret the poems and examines the links it gives them between living and dead, human and spiritual, and present and past.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748602872
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A study of oriki, or oral praise poetry, which is a major part of both traditional performance and daily Yoruba life.
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Author Biography - Karin Barber
Karin Barber is Professor of African Studies at the Centre of West African Studies at Birmingham University. She is Editor of the journal Africa.
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