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Swahili popular music- so rich and diverse! Some notes on its development an function from a Tanzanian perspectiv: Presented at the Swahili days, a seminar for cititzens from East Africa countries in Sweden arranged by the Kenyan Embassy, 
Stockholm 10th of June 2017
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. (Freds och utvecklingsstudier)
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Why is EA music so interesting and important?

Entertain, have fun, dance, enjoy life; Ceremonial and official functions; national days; family festivities/weddings. Important for building knowledge of the history and culture.Create feeling of belonging and identity. Convey wisdom and moral values (or the opposite:Tease, discuss and criticize social and political issuesPolitical mobilisation/awareness - for good and less good reasonsStrengthen knowledge about and use of SwahiliAnd has been successful! Strengthen Swahili as a lingua franca in Eastern Africa – and strengthened the feeling of belonging together in Eastern Africa

Music in East African has developed in a fantastic way!It has developed through a combination of global, transnational, trans-cultural, local and international influences – like all music – to a rich diversity of various genres, with a genuinely distinct sound and style It has made Eastern Africa known far outside the individual countriesIt create jobs and economic opportunities in a rapidly growing cultural sector, together with dance, video, film and TV production – entertainment industry It’s vitality, energy and creativity inspires Eastern Africans – and others - and make them both proud and aware of the importance of the Swahili cultureIt can promote the unity of the citizens to overcome ethnic and religious division and motivate the youth – but could as well be used for the opposite…It has promoted Swahili as lingua franca in the region – and the greater region - and maybe in front of all contributed to build a feeling of belonging and common identity in the Eastern African Region – from the Somali Coast, Comoros, Mozambique's, Malawi, Zambia, Eastern DRC, Southern Sudan and the EAC countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, 2017.
Keywords [en]
Popular music, roles and functions, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda
National Category
Music
Research subject
Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies; Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73387OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-73387DiVA, id: diva2:1200303
Conference
The Swahili days, an annual seminar for citizens from East Africa countries in Sweden arranged by the Kenyan Embassy, 
Stockholm 10th of June 2017. With the theme Swahili Music - this paper was a keynote speech.
Available from: 2018-04-24 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-07-24Bibliographically approved

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