Lecture by Dr. Stephen Ogundipe (Visiting Research Fellow at BGSMCS from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)
Contemporary Islamic music in Southwestern Nigeria has experienced dramatic increase in patronage and audience expansion beyond its traditional boundary of “Assalat” sound. This popularity emerges because musical resources are borrowed from outside Arab-Islamic sources and adapted into Muslim themes. The lecture appraises this trend and situates it at the intersection of the quest for Muslim identity and the privileging of the economy of religious commodity. Discussing the syncretic and commoditisation imports of contemporary Islamic music in Southwestern Nigeria, the lecture draws on ethnomusicological, literary and material approaches, emphasising specific ways the music actors—singers, producers and marketers have been implicated in standardizing values that are currently defining Islamic music in Southwestern Nigeria and how the singers’ practices are legitimizing or contesting the norms that are being defined by Islam.
Oct 16, 2017 | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies