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Ugandan Music in the Marketing Era: The Branded Arena (Hardback)
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Ugandan Music in the Marketing Era: The Branded Arena (Hardback)

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Hardback 205 Pages / Published: 25/10/2015
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David G. Pier offers an ethnographic study of the Senator Extravaganza traditional dance competition in Uganda, and the performers, marketers, and other actors who were involved in it. Pier illustrates the event as part of a broader moment in Ugandan and African public culture - one in which marketing is playing an increasingly dominant role.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137549396
Number of pages: 205
Weight: 3796 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2015


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"Ugandan Music in the Marketing Era is an exemplary African case study of social entrepreneurship. International companies exploit local artists while replicating empowerment and public health discourse. NGO advocates, politicians, emerging entrepreneurs, and businessmen invest in music, drama, and dance. They negotiate their well-being in the world through marketing Ugandan performance, while performers try to self-promote and cultural brokers labor to preserve local expressive forms. I hope we will see more ethnographies like this in the future." - Louise Meintjes, author of Sound of Africa!: Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio

"Here is a pearl of Africanist scholarship that will foster new conversations among scholars of performance, development studies, and commodity history. Pier's multi-faceted study weaves together meticulous ethnography, economic critique, and musical analysis in a timely account of cultural production in the era of trade-not-aid. He shows how Ugandan musicians and marketers imbue 'promotion' with complex valences in the interlocking registers of traditional laudatory forms, NGO-driven demands for an entrepreneurial ethos, and globalized professional advertising." - Tsitsi Jaji, author of Africa in Stereo: Modernism, Music, and Pan-African Solidarity

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