Muslim Women Sing

Muslim Women Sing

Hausa Popular Song
Beverly B. Mack
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/06/2004
Format: Paperback 7 b&w photos, 1 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-02549-4
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In Muslim Women Sing, Beverly B. Mack shows Muslim women in northern Nigeria actively involved in creative activity. Although most of the songs and oral poetry are performed for female audiences only, some are performed for mixed groups, and typically men of the household are permitted to listen as women sing and recite songs and poems that reflect their contemporary social and cultural concerns. Themes such as women’s roles in society, women and Islam, history, politics, AIDS prevention, child care, and hygiene form an integral part of their repertoire. Descriptive portraits of the singers interspersed between chapters reveal how they have learned to compose or play instruments and expand on sources of their creative energies.

Author Bio

Beverly B. Mack is Associate Professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas. She is author (with Jean Boyd) of One Woman’s Jihad: Nana Asma’u, Scholar and Scribe (IUP, 2000).

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Table of Contents


Part 1. The Singers and Their World
1. "Every Woman Sings"
Profile One: Hauwa Gwaram, Hausa Poet
2. "The Song Is Poetry's Domain": Tradition and Islam
Profile Two: Hajiya Yar Shehu, Hausa Poet
3. Performing Artists: Poets and Singers
Profile Three: Maizargadi, Praise Singer in the Royal Court of Kano
4. Metaphor
Profile Four: Hajiya Faji and Hauwa Mai Duala, Hausa Singers
5. The Social Functions of Hausa Women's Creativity
Profile Five: Barmani Maimuna Choge and Binta Katsina, Hausa Singers
6. Oral and Written Hausa Poetry

Part 2: Songs and Poems