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Indigenous African Popular Music, Volume 1

Prophets and Philosophers

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  • Documents unpopular African music genres and artists
  • Captures African varied experiences through music lens
  • Serves as an identity creation and recreation’s agency

Part of the book series: Pop Music, Culture and Identity (PMCI)

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This volume explores the nature, philosophies and genres of indigenous African popular music, focusing on how indigenous African popular music artistes are seen as prophets and philosophers, and how indigenous African popular music depicts the world. Indigenous African popular music has long been under-appreciated in communication scholarship. However, understanding the nature and philosophies of indigenous African popular music reveals an untapped diversity which only be unraveled by knowledge of the myriad cultural backgrounds from which its genres originate. Indigenous African popular musicians have become repositories of indigenous cultural traditions and cosmologies.With a particular focus on scholarship from Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa, this volume explores the work of these pioneering artists and their protégés who are resiliently sustaining, recreating and popularising indigenous popular music in their respective African communities, and at the same time propagatingthe communal views about African philosophies and the temporal and spiritual worlds in which they exist.

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. The Nature, Philosophies and Genres of Indigenous African Popular Music

  2. Indigenous African Popular Music and the World

Editors and Affiliations

  • Indigenous Language Media in Africa Faculty of Humanities, North-West University, Mafikeng, South Africa

    Abiodun Salawu

  • Mafikeng Campus, North-West University, Mmabatho, South Africa

    Israel A. Fadipe

About the editors

​Abiodun Salawu is Professor of Journalism, Communication and Media Studies, and Director of Indigenous Language Media in Africa, at the North-West University, South Africa. His major areas of research include indigenous language media, development communication, critical studies and new media.

Israel A. Fadipe is postdoctorial fellow in Indigenous Language Media in Africa at the Faculty of Humanities, North-West University, South Africa. He specialises in communication, cultural and gender studies, and has published articles and chapters in both local and international journals.

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