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Arrest the Music! : Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics - Tejumola Olaniyan

Arrest the Music!

Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics

Paperback Published: 29th October 2004
ISBN: 9780253217189
Number Of Pages: 242

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"Olaniyan has given us a profound and beautifully integrated book which culminates in a persuasive interpretation of the relationship between Fela's apparently incompatible presentational selves.... The book's accessible and evocative prose is in itself a kind of homage to Fela's continual ability to seduce and astonish.... This is such an attractive book you feel like... ransacking your collection for Fela tapes." -- Karin Barber

..". an indispensable companion to Fela's music and a rich source of information for studies in modern African popular music." -- Akin Euba

Arrest the Music is a lively musical study of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, one of Africa's most recognizable, popular, and controversial musicians. The flamboyant originator of the "Afrobeat" sound and self-proclaimed voice of the voiceless, Fela used music, sharp-tongued lyrics, and derisive humor to challenge the shortcomings of Nigerian and postcolonial African states. Looking at the social context, instrumentation, lyrics, visual art, people, and organizations through which Fela produced his music, Tejumola Olaniyan offers a wider, more suggestive perspective on Fela and his impact on listeners in all parts of the world.

Placing Fela front and center, Olaniyan underscores important social issues such as authenticity, racial and cultural identity, the relationship of popular culture to radical politics, and the meaning of postcolonialism, nationalism, and globalism in contemporary Africa. Readers interested in music, culture, society, and politics, whether or not they know Fela and his music, will find this work invaluable for understanding the career of an African superstar and the politics of popular culture in contemporary Africa.

African Expressive Cultures -- Patrick McNaughton, general editor

A true African genius whose influence had an indelible influence on thousands of musicians, especially me personally. I miss his raucous laughter, irreverent courage, robust comedy, and love for humanity. . . . Fela's legacy will live forever.--Hugh Masekela

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: "Living in the Interregnum": Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and the Postcolonial Incrediblep. 1
The "Apolitical" Avant-Pop Hustlerp. 7
The Afrobeat Moralistp. 24
Dissident Tunes: The Political Afrobeatp. 50
Fela, Lagos, and the Postcolonial Statep. 87
On the Shop Floor: The Social Production of Afrobeatp. 108
Pedagogue, Pedagogy, and the Pedagogic Formp. 145
The Cosmopolitan Nativist: Fela and the Antinomies of Postcolonial Modernityp. 157
The Political, The Libidinalp. 166
Conclusion: Afrobeat after Felap. 175
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 219
Discographyp. 229
General Indexp. 233
Song Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780253217189
ISBN-10: 0253217180
Series: African Expressive Cultures
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 29th October 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41