n African Performance Review - Review article on African theatres and performances

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1753-5964


This book of six brilliantly researched chapters is the first in the Routledge' series, a framework for exploring selected theatre and performance traditions from various cultures of the world. The book uses examples, all popular and still culturally relevant in their respective regions in West Africa, to offer readers an exciting excursion into the aesthetics, production, and reception of indigenous African performance forms, why they continue to challenge their primary audiences and readers, and their capacities to evolve new interpretations. The book is based on four performance forms: the and of Igbo and Hausa societies of Nigeria respectively, ; the musical oral tradition of the Mandinka and of Senegal and the entire Sene-Gambia basin that stretches as far as to Ghana in the east and Guinea-Bissau in the north-west, and lastly, the ; the comedy and satire of the Bamana people of Mali known for its combination of effusive humor and loquacious banter. Each of the four forms or case studies is located within a socio-cultural milieu in which they have not only overcome historical upheavals but out of which they have continued to evolve in new directions and spawn internal aesthetic variations without losing their relevance and popularity.

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