Muslim women sing: Hausa popular song

Front Cover
Indiana University Press, 2004 - Foreign Language Study - 302 pages
0 Reviews
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 from 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 or sources of their creative energies. An accompanying audio CD introduces Western audiences to the beauty and richness of Hausa women's song.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Every Woman Sings
Hauwa Gwaram Hausa Poet
Hajiya Yar Shehu Hausa Poet

5 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2004)

Mack is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas.

Bibliographic information