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Title:Konu Raabe: A Fulbe Booku Song on Rabih b. Fadlallah
Authors:Erlmann, Veit
Adama, Souleymane
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Geographic term:Cameroon
Fulfulde language
praise poetry (form)
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:This paper introduces 'Konu Raabe' ('Rabih's war'), a Fulbe booku chant on the life of Rabih b. Fadlallah, the nineteenth-century ruler in the Central Sudan. From his early career in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan in 1879 until his death in 1900, Rabih succeeded in conquering and controlling a vast area in Central Africa. Although his forces never penetrated the Jama'are area in northern Cameroon, they posed a threat immediate enough to prompt the creation of songs among the local Fulbe population. The text published here in Fulbe with an English translation is based on a version of the chant performed by 'Ardo Bello in Maroua on February 13, 1984. Details have been added from another version, performed by 'Akal in Maroua on February 4, 1984. Bibliogr., notes.