oa Lagos Notes and Records - Popular songs, literary texts: a literary analysis of Fuji songs

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0075-7640



Popular songs, unlike 'traditional' oral productions identified by anthropologists, literary agents / scholars and cultural workers as an important matrix of 'culture', have attracted scant attention from Nigerian critics and cultural workers alike. One of the factors responsible for this literaryicritical lacuna is the 'hybrid' nature of many of these songs which distinguishes them from the 'pure', 'unsullied' creations usually associated with 'oral literature' by the average literary or cultural scholar. Another is their near-total dependence on modem technological wizardry for their production and dissemination.

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