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Mzungu Kichaa and the Figuring of Identity in "Bongo Fleva" Music in Tanzania

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dc.creator Sanga, Imani 2016-03-14T12:24:07Z 2016-03-14T12:24:07Z 2011-06 2018-03-27T08:43:37Z 2018-03-27T08:43:37Z
dc.identifier Sanga, Imani. "Mzungu Kichaa and the Figuring of Identity in" Bongo Fleva" Music in Tanzania." International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (2011): 189-208.
dc.description This article draws from Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's notion of refrain and Louise Meintjes' concept of music figure and examines various ways a Danish-born Bongo Fleva musi- cian in Tanzania, Mzungu Kichaa deploys music figures to con- struct African and Tanzanian identities. It also examines how he uses these figures to negotiate his position in relation to these identities. To illustrate the perform- ative effects of music figures on people's identities the article examines how the deployment of musical figures serves a double function: to claim one's Tanza- nian or African identity and to announce one's difference with other identities (e.g. European or English identities) at least with regard to musical taste. As a result, Mzungu Kichaa's attempts to enter into the mainstream UK's and Danish music industry were not successful since the music figures he used, the figures that justified his identity as a Tanza- nian or African, occupied margi- nal spaces in European contexts.
dc.language sw
dc.subject Bongo Fleva
dc.subject Mzungu Kichaa
dc.subject music of Tanzania
dc.subject Hip Hop and Rap Music
dc.subject Popular Music and Identity
dc.subject Music Figures
dc.subject Deleuze and Guattari
dc.title Mzungu Kichaa and the Figuring of Identity in "Bongo Fleva" Music in Tanzania
dc.type Journal Article, Peer Reviewed

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