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The Risks of Displeasure

The Risks of Displeasure

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The Revolution's Echoes
Nomi Dave
University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes new types of naming that are emerging and the shifting landscape since the country’s first-ever democratic elections in 2010. Considering the recent rise in public political participation and debate in Guinea, as well as the emergence of a number of explicit protest songs, it investigates ‘displeasure’ as both official anger at the new anti-government songs, and as a loss of popular pleasure as the dynamics of praise-singing become increasingly problematic. The chapter examines not just the emergence of protest but crucially the search for pleasure by musicians and listeners, in this new, uncertain moment. The narrative focuses on the strategic, shifting allegiances of the popular reggae star Takana Zion who released an incendiary attack against the president in 2013.

Keywords:   democratic transition, elections, protest, displeasure, praise singing

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