When socialism collapsed in Tanzania, the government-controlled music industry gave way to a vibrant independent music scene. Alex Perullo explores the world of the bands, music distributors, managers, and clubs that attest to the lively and creative music industry in Dar es Salaam. Perullo examines the formation of the city's music economy, considering the means of musical production, distribution, protection, broadcasting, and performance. He exposes both legal and illegal strategies for creating business opportunities employed by entrepreneurs who battle government restrictions and give flight to their musical aspirations. This is a singular look at the complex music landscape in one of Africa's most dynamic cities.
Alex Perullo is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and African Studies at Bryant University. He has published in Africa Today, Popular Music and Society, Ethnomusicology, and several edited volumes.
Contents Preface Acknowledgments Note on Names and Interviews Video Clips in the EVIA Digital Archive 1. Kumekucha (It is Daylight/ Times Have Changed) 2. Shall We Mdundiko or Tango?: Tanzania's Music Economy, 1920-1984 3. Live in Bongoland 4. The Submerged Body 5. Radio Revolution 6. Analog, Digital... Knobs, Buttons 7. Legend of the Pirates 8. Everything is Life Appendices: A: Descriptions of Tanzanian Genres of Music B: List of Tanzanian Radio and Television Stations C: Clubs with Live Shows in Dar es Salaam D: List of Tanzanian Promoters Organized by City Notes References Discography Index