Intonations: A Social History Of Music And Nation In Luanda, Angola, From 1945 To Recent Times by Marissa J. MoormanIntonations: A Social History Of Music And Nation In Luanda, Angola, From 1945 To Recent Times by Marissa J. Moorman

Intonations: A Social History Of Music And Nation In Luanda, Angola, From 1945 To Recent Times

byMarissa J. Moorman

Paperback | November 5, 2008

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Intonations tells the story of how Angola’s urban residents in the late colonial period (roughly 1945–74) used music to talk back to their colonial oppressors and, more importantly, to define what it meant to be Angolan and what they hoped to gain from independence. A compilation of Angolan music is included in CD format.

Marissa J. Moorman presents a social and cultural history of the relationship between Angolan culture and politics. She argues that it was in and through popular urban music, produced mainly in the musseques (urban shantytowns) of the capital city, Luanda, that Angolans forged the nation and developed expectations about nationalism. Through careful archival work and extensive interviews with musicians and those who attended performances in bars, community centers, and cinemas, Moorman explores the ways in which the urban poor imagined the nation.

The spread of radio technology and the establishment of a recording industry in the early 1970s reterritorialized an urban-produced sound and cultural ethos by transporting music throughout the country. When the formerly exiled independent movements returned to Angola in 1975, they found a population receptive to their nationalist message but with different expectations about the promises of independence. In producing and consuming music, Angolans formed a new image of independence and nationalist politics.

Marissa J. Moorman is Associate Professor of African History and Cinema and Media Studies at Indiana University. She is the author of Intonations: a Social History of Music and Nation in Luanda, Angola, 1945 to Recent Times. She is on the editorial board of Africa is a Country, where she regularly writes about politics and culture.
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Title:Intonations: A Social History Of Music And Nation In Luanda, Angola, From 1945 To Recent TimesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 5, 2008Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821418246

ISBN - 13:9780821418246

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"Marissa Moorman convincingly demonstrates that culture not only reflected, but was also constitutive of national identity. She shows that ordinary folks and non-political elites played as big a part in the construction of independent Angola as those involved in the liberation struggle..All in all, the book is clearly structured, conscientiously produced, and provides true reading pleasure." - Africa: Journal of the IAI