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Any of several forms of popular music that combine various African music styles with elements of Western popular music, often with electronically amplified instrumentation.
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He infuses his music with traditional West African folk songs and dance rhythms, but he uses material from Latin America, the Caribbean, North Africa and Sub-Saharan African popular music all equally.
The journal is organized according to common issues and unifying themes, with the first issue featuring "Popular Music in Australia and The Pacific," "Popular Music in Europe," "African Popular Music," and a broader theme of "World Music" that focuses on the commercial genre.
A must-read for scholars of African popular music, it will certainly be of great interest to scholars of Tanzania as well as of popular music more generally.
They are also devoted vinyl collectors of'80s and '90s South African popular music.
One of the foremost figures in modern African popular music, Kanda Bongo Man has delighted audiences at festivals including Glastonbury and has appeared on TV with Jools Holland.
The result is nothing short of unique in African popular music. Although there will inevitably be comparisons made with Youssou N'Dour's Grammy winning Egypt album, they are as different as chalk and cheese in their approach.
The pint-sized singer with the big voice continued to be at the forefront of South African popular music, but she hit a downward spiral in the early 1990s amid problems in her personal life and with drug addiction.
Music is the Weapon of the Future: Fifty Years of African Popular Music. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2002.
By the late 1970s, Nairobi, once at the forefront of African popular music, had become a backwater.
In the 1960s musicians like John Myall, John Mc Laughlin, and Georgie Fame received their inspiration not only from African popular music, but from African musicians who, because of the racist orientation of the popular press and the music industry itself, never made it to "stardom." Reggae, soul, funk, rap, house, and West African music have definitively shaped the contours and path of Western popular music.
In his analysis of the African popular music, Emielu (2011) noted that popular music occupies a dominant position in the musical landscape of contemporary Africa.
Ntama: Journal of African Popular Music and Culture.
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