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Title:Youth Culture, Bandiri, and the Continuing Legitimacy Debate in Sokoto Town
Authors:Buba, Malami
Furniss, GrahamISNI
Year:1999
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies
Volume:12
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:27-46
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islam
Hausa
singing
popular music
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
Architecture and the Arts
Religion and Witchcraft
youth
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13696819908717838
Abstract:In spite of the Islamic world's adherence to the tenets of the Koran, localized religious cultures operate in Africa to affirm, contest, or renegotiate the legitimacy of mainstream Islamic culture. This paper discusses a recent manifestation of local popular religious culture in Sokoto, Nigeria, focusing upon the way in which newly adapted elements of performance and texts have spread like wildfire among the youth of Sokoto and beyond into many parts of urban society. It describes the practice of 'bandiri', a musical performance genre in which a solo male voice is accompanied by a chorus of girls and/or young men. A repetitive pattern of verse and refrain is accompanied by up to three goatskin drums. Although the language of the songs is religious, there are detectable vocal glides reminiscent of Indian film songs. The paper examines the social background of 'bandiri', the interface between Hausa popular culture and Indian films, the origin and nature of 'bandiri', and prospects for its future development. App.(texts of some 'bandiri' performances), bibliogr., sum.
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