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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Focuses on dimensions of African culture including African literatures both oral and written, performance arts, visual arts, music, cinema, the role of the media, the relationship between culture and power, as well as issues within such fields as popular culture in Africa, sociolinguistic topics of cultural interest, and culture and gender. --Publisher
African Studies Review, a multi-disciplinary scholarly journal published by the African Studies Association, contains articles based on original research and analysis of Africa as well as book reviews three times annually. -- Project MUSE
Readings in African Popular Culture by Karin Barber (Editor)This book surveys the popular culture of contemporary Africa, including popular literature, oral narrative and poetry, dance, drama, music, and visual art, with special emphasis on the verbal arts. The essays cover six main areas: views of the field; oral tradition revisited; social history, social criticism and interpretation; women in popular culture; "little genres of everyday life"; the local and the global.
Publication Date: 1997-09-22
Writing African Women by Stephanie Newell (Editor); Wendy Griswold (Foreword by)Writing African Women brings together a wide variety of African scholars to explore the links between literature, popular culture, and theories of gender. Beginning with a ground-breaking overview of African gender theory, this volume goes on to analyze specific works, uncovering the ways different women writers have approached issues of female creativity and colonial history, as well as the ways in which they have subverted popular stereotypes around African women.
"First came Hollywood, then Bollywood, and now Nollywood -- Nigeria's booming film industry, which released two thousand features in 2006 alone. Where else can you shoot a full-length dramatic film for $10,000 in 7 days? Until recently, it was rarely known outside its own country. THIS IS NOLLYWOOD explains why Nigerian video production is becoming recognized as a phenomenon with broad implications for the cultural and economic development of Africa. The most intimate and accurate portrait of the technical, economic and social infrastructure of the industry."
"The UIUC Africana Film Database currently contains records for about 780 DVDs, VHS, and 16 mm films about and from Africa, from north to south and east to west. Each record includes a short description of the content and languages used in the film. The database provides access to one of the best such collections in the United States."
This is a comprehensive guide to the black experience both on film and behind the camera. More than 6,000 entries documenting global film activity from 1919 to 1990 offer historical perspective on the black image in film, bibliographical material on filmmakers and individual artists, and exciting information on newly emerging talent throughout the world.
Tracing the history of Africa's relationship to film festivals and exploring the festivals' impact on the various types of people who attend festivals (the festival experts, the ordinary festival audiences, and the filmmakers), Dovey reveals what turns something called a "festival" into a "festival experience" for these groups.
Who is looking and who is being looked at, who is telling women's stories in Africa and what governs the mechanics of making those films on the continent? The interviews with Tsitsi Dangarembga, Taghreed Elsanhouri, Jihan El-Tahri, Anita Khanna, Djo Tunda wa Munga, Rumbi Katedza, Katarina Hedren, Isabel Noronhe, Arya Lalloo and Shannon Walsh demonstrate the contradictory points of departure of women in film - from their understanding of feminisms in relation to lived-experiences and the realpolitik of women working as cultural practitioners.
Analyzing art house films from the African continent and the African diaspora, this book showcases a new generation of auteurs with African origins from political, aesthetic, and spectatorship perspectives.
This research monograph, compiled by South African experts in community broadcasting with the assistance of key figures in the sector, traces the two-decade campaign for local-level television in South Africa. An informative chronicle that explores the introduction of a quality, accessible, local television-network that represents the final piece in post-apartheid's media jigsaw puzzle.
Broadcasting the End of Apartheid assesses the socio-political effect of live broadcasting on South Africa's transition to democracy. MJ Evans argues that just as print media had a powerful influence on the development of Afrikaner nationalism, so the 'liveness' of television helped to consolidate the 'newness' of the post-apartheid South African national identity.
While the library's holdings don't currently include very many African comics, you can get started on research and discover African comics online with the resources below.
The first article in a series on African comics highlights titles, artists, and comic book publishers from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire, including links to read content online.
This work is the most comprehensive bibliography of the comic art of these regions and all its dimensions. It contains 10,200 easy to use citations, organized by region, country, and identifying characteristics. This volume brings together both mainstream and fugitive materials relating to animation, caricature, comic books, political cartoons, and other types of animation. This exhaustive bibliography contains special sections on continental and inter-country perspectives as well as a directory of comic related periodicals of the different regions. Featured among the 87 countries is Japan, whose manga and anime have an impact on how comics and animation are perceived and produced worldwide. This comprehensive and thoroughly researched bibliography will greatly advance the study of international comic art.
By means of a south African comic - Bitterkomix - this study deals with two current debates un cultural Anthropology: Visual Culture and Indigenous Ethnography. Bitterkomix is a comic anthology which criticizes and subverts the Afrikaans culture from within. The main contributors - Afrikaner themselves - do so mostly in the field of sexuality, racism, religious and cultural bigotry and the use of Afrikaans as the ideological and psychological connection of the Boers.
"In the Manding language Fonko means "the thing", in Wolof "to take care of each other". The great musical revolution of today takes place in Africa, where urban club music is merging with traditional styles. New technology and swift communications has released super talents of the continent, spreading music, arts and ideas to the rest of the world. In Fonko we meet some of the most outspoken, creative and interesting artists of today that redefines the image of Africa, traveling from Dakar in the west through Accra, Lagos and Luanda to Johannesburg in the south. Throughout the movie we also hear the voice of Fela Kuti, one of the continent's greatest musical icons and political activists. Fela speaks through early recorded interviews"--IMDb.
This book is about South-North, North-South relations between Africa and Europe, presenting the personal narratives of musicians in different locations across Africa and Europe, and those of the people who constitute their networks within the wider artistic, cultural, and civil society milieus of globalizing societies.
Mwenda Ntarangwi analyzes how young hip hop artists in the East African nations of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania showcase the opportunities and challenges brought by the globalization of music. Combining local popular music traditions with American and Jamaican styles of rap, East African hip hop culture reflects the difficulty of creating commercially accessible music while honoring tradition and East African culture.
In-depth blog posts with videos and news from diverse artists around Africa.
African athletes may be best known in the U.S. for their dominance soccer and track and field, but a wide variety of sports are popular across the continent, from cricket to motor rallies. Africa.com gives an overview of the 8 most popular sports on the continent.
From colonial times, sport has been viewed as a means of social control. Increasingly, it is being touted by governments and donor agencies as a self-evident tool of Africa's development. How accurate are these individual, romantic and moral notions of sport? In this volume, eleven African scholars offer insightful analyses of the complex ideological and structural dimensions of modern sport as a cultural institution.
The 2010 South African World Cup launched African football onto the global stage. This volume brings together top scholars on African football to explore a range of issues such as gender, identity, nationalism, history, cyber-fandom, the media and fan radicalization.
With Following the Ball, Todd Cleveland incorporates labor, sport, diasporic, and imperial history to examine the extraordinary experiences of African football players from Portugal's African colonies as they relocated to the metropole from 1949 until the conclusion of the colonial era in 1975.
The success of Black Panther in February 2018 had seemingly every media outlet in the U.S. talking about afrofuturism. The term was coined in 1993 by Mark Dery in an interview with Samuel Delaney to describe to literature, film, and other media that merge black cultural lenses with the tropes of science fiction and fantasy. Major authors include Samuel Delaney, Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, and Nnedi Okorafor, as well as musicians like Janelle Monae.
Bay Area hip hop group Clppng.'s concept Splendor and Misery is "an Afrofuturist, dystopian concept album that follows the sole survivor of a slave uprising on an interstellar cargo ship, and the onboard computer that falls in love with him. Thinking he is alone and lost in space, the character discovers music in the ship’s shuddering hull and chirping instrument panels." Listen below for free or purchase on Bandcamp.com
This 2016 article explores afrofuturism in literature, film, music, and art.
Afrofuturism by Ytasha L. Womack2014 Locus Awards Finalist, Nonfiction Category In this hip, accessible primer to the music, literature, and art of Afrofuturism, author Ytasha Womack introduces readers to the burgeoning community of artists creating Afrofuturist works, the innovators from the past, and the wide range of subjects they explore.
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
Afro-Future Females by Marlene S. Barr (Editor)The first combined science fiction critical anthology and short story collection to focus upon black women via written and visual texts. The volume creates a dialogue with existing theories of Afro-Futurism in order to generate fresh ideas about how to apply race to science fiction studies in terms of gender.
Publication Date: 2008-05-08
Afrofuturism 2. 0 by Reynaldo Anderson (Editor)The ideas and practices related to afrofuturism have existed for most of the 20th century, especially in the north American African diaspora community. Afrofuturism 2.0 expands and broadens the discussion around the concept to include religion, architecture, communications, visual art, philosophy and reflects its current growth as an emerging global Pan African creative phenomenon.