Responding to growing international interest in the Yoruba culture of southwestern Nigeria, practitioners of bata--a centuries-old drumming, dancing, and singing tradition--have recast themselves as traditional performers in a global market. As the Nigerian market for ritual bata has been declining, international opportunities for performance have grown. Debra L. Klein's lively ethnography explores this disjunction, revealing the world of bata artists and the global culture market that helps to sustain their art.
"Yoruba Bata Goes Global" describes the dramatic changes and reinventions of traditional bata performance in recent years, showing how they are continually recreated, performed, and sold. Klein delves into the lives of Yoruba musicians, focusing on their strategic collaborations with artists, culture brokers, researchers, and entrepreneurs worldwide. And she explores how reinvigorated performing ensembles are beginning to parlay success on the world stage into increased power and status within Nigeria. Klein's study of the interwoven roles of innovation and tradition will interest scholars of African, global, and cultural studies, anthropology, and ethnomusicology alike.
"Klein's prose is readable, while her analysis is penetrating and refreshing. Her narrative is spiced with ethnographic testimonies that take the reader right into the heart of Yoruba life and culture."--Bode Omojola "African Studies Review "
|List of Figures|
|The Making of a Yorùbá Culture Movement|
|àmídì àyánkúnlé: Father of Foreign Lands|
|Sculpting ... "ogbo: Strategic Collaborations among Yorùbá Artists and Three Germanic Culture Brokers|
|Managing the Gap between Local and Global Stakes in Yorùbá Tradition|
|Pop Tradition: I Am Always Me|
|Antipolitics of Collaboration|
|Conclusion: Transgressing Reality|
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Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st September 2007
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.39