Muslim Women Sing: Hausa Popular Song

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Indiana University Press, 2004 - Music - 302 pages
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In Muslim Women Sing, Beverly B. Mack shows Muslim women in northern Nigeria actively involved in creative activity. Although most of the songs and oral poetry are performed for female audiences only, some are performed for mixed groups, and typically men of the household are permitted to listen as women sing and recite songs and poems that reflect their contemporary social and cultural concerns. Themes such as women's roles in society, women and Islam, history, politics, AIDS prevention, child care, and hygiene form an integral part of their repertoire. Descriptive portraits of the singers interspersed between chapters reveal how they have learned to compose or play instruments and expand on sources of their creative energies. An accompanying audio CD introduces Western audiences to the beauty and richness of Hausa women's song.
 

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Contents

Every Woman Sings
3
Hauwa Gwaram Hausa Poet
17
Hajiya Yar Shehu Hausa Poet
37
Maizargadi Praise Singer in the Royal Court of Kano
54
Hajiya Faji and Hauwa Mai Duala Hausa Singers
76
Barmani Maimuna Choge and Binta Katsina Hausa Singers
99
GLOSSARY
279
BIBLIOGRAPHY
291
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