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Title:Dadakuada: The Crisis of a Traditional Oral Genre in a Modern Islamic Setting
Author:Na'Allah, Abdul-Rasheed
Year:1992
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Volume:22
Issue:4
Period:November
Pages:318-330
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islam
oral poetry (form)
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
literature
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/1581238.pdf
Abstract:African traditional genres today are in a crisis of survival. Like traditional African religions, they are being confronted by the proselytizing religions of Islam and Christianity, and are gradually being metamorphosed according to new models. One such genre is 'Dadakuada', a traditional form of oral art in Ilorin (Nigeria), which originated from 'Egungun', the Yoruba masquerade cult. Today, however, 'Dadakuada' hardly possesses any trace of its origin. The 'Dadakuada' poets now deny their roots, in an effort to conform to orthodox Islamic values which are dominant in Ilorin. This paper examines the position of 'Dadakuada' in the context of the modern Islamic city of Ilorin. Notes, ref.
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