..". a ground-breaking contribution to the field of African literature... " -- Research in African Literatures
"Anyone with the slightest interest in West African cultures, performance or theatre should immediately rush out and buy this book." -- Leeds African Studies Bulletin
"A seminal contribution to the fields of performance studies, cultural studies, and popular culture. " -- Margaret Drewal
"A fine book. The play texts are treasures." -- Richard Bauman
African popular culture is an arena where the tensions and transformations of colonial and post-colonial society are played out, offering us a glimpse of the view from below in Africa. This book offers a comparative overview of the history, social context, and style of three major West African popular theatre genres: the concert party of Ghana, the concert party of Togo, and the traveling popular theatre of western Nigeria.