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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.
Based on profound experiences with Yoruba drumming and masquerading families begun over a decade ago, Debbie Klein deftly presents stories of fathers and sons following and breaking with tradition, of brothers fighting over status and funding joint enterprises, and of women as daughters and wives standing their ground with grace or fierceness. From an exquisitely-realized close ethnography of the lives of traveling performers, Klein pulls back to theorize global connections by expertly examining the discourses and politics of collaboration, placing Africa in the world in a way that no other ethnography does. Her work is rigorous and imaginative, critical and reflective. --Carolyn Martin Shaw, University of California, Santa Cruz (06/08/2007)"
|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|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st October 2007
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.39