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In Step with the Times: Mapiko Masquerades of Mozambique (New African Histories)

In Step with the Times: Mapiko Masquerades of Mozambique (New African Histories)

By: Paolo Israel (author)Paperback

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The helmet-shaped mapiko masks of Mozambique have garnered admiration from African art scholars and collectors alike, due to their striking aesthetics and their grotesque allure. This book restores to mapiko its historic and artistic context, charting in detail the transformations of this masquerading tradition throughout the twentieth century. Based on field research spanning seven years, this study shows how mapiko has undergone continuous reinvention by visionary individuals, has diversified into genres with broad generational appeal, and has enacted historical events and political engagements. This dense history of creativity and change has been sustained by a culture of competition deeply ingrained within the logic of ritual itself. The desire to outshine rivals on the dance ground drives performers to search for the new, the astonishing, and the topical. It is this spirit of rivalry and one-upmanship that keeps mapiko attuned to the times that it traverses. In Step with the Times is illustrated with vibrant photographs of mapiko masks and performances. It marks the most radical attempt to date to historicize an African performative tradition.

About Author

Paolo Israel is a senior lecturer in history at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He has written extensively about Mozambican expressive cultures, political ethnicity, and witchcraft.


List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsNote on LanguageIntroduction: Rhythms of ChangePart OneDirections Chapter 1: The War of SexesThe Colonial Library and Its AfterlifeChapter 2: Passage, Secrecy, RivalryAn Excursion into Anthropological Theory Part TwoCosmopolitanism (1917-62) Chapter 3: Meat Is MeatModernism in the Aftermath of SlaveryChapter 4: Masters of PlayLate-Colonial Aesthetics and PracticeChapter 5: Lowland NightsAmbivalence in the Face of DeathChapter 6: Migrant TunesOn the Threshold of Nationalism Part ThreeRevolution (1962-92) Chapter 7: Ten Years of WarShaping the PeopleChapter 8: Youth PowerVillages, Festivals, and RivalsChapter 9: Faceless SpiritsThe Rise and Fall of Feminist Masquerades Part FourAfter Socialism (1992-2009) Chapter 10: Don't Go AstrayDemocracy and DisorderChapter 11: Puppets and MachetesBoys in a Wild World Epilogue: ResurrectionsNotesGlossary of Shimakonde TermsMapiko Genres and Other Dance GenresMakonde Drums and Other Musical InstrumentsBibliographyIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9780821420881
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780821420881
  • ISBN10: 0821420887

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