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Author Stasik, Michael.

Title Disconnections [electronic resource] : popular music audiences in Freetown, Sierra Leone / Michael Stasik.

Imprint Bamenda, Cameroon : Langaa Research & Pub. CIG ; Leiden : African Studies Centre, 2012.

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Description 1 online resource (xv, 237 pages) : color illustrations, color maps
Series UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-237).
Summary This book offers an intriguing account of the complex and often contradictory relations between music and society in Freetown's past and present. Blending anthropological thought with ethnographic and historical research, it explores the conjunctures of music practices and social affiliations and the diverse patterns of social dis/connections that music helps to shape, to (re)create, and to defy in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown. The first half of the book traces back the changing social relationships and the concurrent changes in the city's music life from the first days of the colony in the late 18th century up to the turbulent and thriving music scenes in the first decade of the 21st century. Grounded in this comprehensive historiography of Freetown's socio-musical palimpsest, the second half of the book puts forth a detailed ethnography of social dynamics in the realms of music, calibrating contemporary Freetown's social polyphony with its musical counterpart.
Contents pt. I. The music/society nexus : some introductory reflections and observations -- pt. II. From class to mass : Freetown's music and society in historical perspective -- pt. III. Disconnections : social dynamics in the spaces of music -- pt. IV. Topia of utopias.
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Subject Popular music -- Sierra Leone -- Freetown.
Popular music fans -- Sierra Leone -- Freetown.
Discotheques -- Sierra Leone -- Freetown.
Music -- Social aspects.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Stasik, Michael. Disconnections. Bamenda, Cameroon : Langaa Research & Pub. CIG ; Leiden : African Studies Centre, 2012 9956728330
ISBN 9789956728572 (electronic bk.)
9956728578 (electronic bk.)
9956728330 (electronic bk.)
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