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African Theatre 19 : Opera & Music Theatre

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African Theatre 19 : Opera & Music Theatre.
ed.: Matzke, Christine ; van der Hoven, Lena ; Odhiambo, Christopher ; Roos, Hilde
Woodbridge, Suffolk : James Currey , 2020 . - 288 p. - (African Theatre ; 19 )
ISBN 978 1 84701 257 9



Abstract in another language

Music is often cited as a central artistic mode in African theatre and performance practices. However, little attention has been paid to music theatre on the continent in general, and to opera in particular, with the exceptions of a few noted genres, such as Concert Party or the Yorùbá "folk opera" of the 1960s, and the emerging research on opera culture in South Africa.

This volume of African Theatre highlights the diversity across the continent from a variety of perspectives - including those of genre, media, and historiography. Above all, it raises questions and encourages debate: What does "opera" mean in African and African diasporic contexts? What are its practices and legacies - colonial, postcolonial and decolonial; what is its relation to the intersectionalities of race and class? How do opera and music theatre reflect, change or obscure social, political and economic realities? How are they connected to educational and cultural institutions, and non-profit organisations? And why is opera contradictorily, at various times, perceived as both "grand" and "elitist, "folk" and "quotidian", "Eurocentric" and "indigenous"?

Contributors also address aesthetic transformation processes, the porousness of genre boundaries and the role of space and place, with examples ranging from Egypt to South Africa, from Uganda to West Africa and the USA.

The playscript in this volume is We Take Care of Our Own by Zainabu Jallo

Further data

Item Type: Book / Monograph
Keywords: African Studies; African Theatre; Music
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Professor English Literature
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > African Studies
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 700 Arts and recreation
700 Arts and recreation > 780 Music
800 Literature > 820 English and Old English literatures
800 Literature > 890 Other literatures
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2020 07:26
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 04:57