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The Revolution's Echoes – Music, Politics, and Pleasure in Guinea - Chicago Scholarship Online
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The Revolution's Echoes: Music, Politics, and Pleasure in Guinea

Nomi Dave


This book explores the aesthetics of authoritarianism through a study of music and performance in the Republic of Guinea. Academic and popular commentators often emphasize music as a site for resistance and oppositional politics, while musicians who do support the state are framed as unwitting tools of propaganda. Moving beyond these assumptions, this book examines the choices and subjectivities of musicians who sing for an authoritarian state, and the experiences and desires of audiences who derive pleasure from this music. Since Guinea’s independence from France in 1958, music, performance, ... More

Keywords: music, authoritarianism, pleasure, voice, aesthetics, post socialism, Guinea

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226654461
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226654775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nomi Dave, author
University of Virginia

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