Swahili Songs of Defiance and Mockery

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Jan Knappert, Barnet Herts

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Jan Knappert (Barnet Herts)

Published Sep 28, 1987


The aim of this publication is mainly to make known to fellow students of African oral traditions the literary achievements of the Swahili people. Songs of mockery and defiance are known in many languages, but sofar none to my knowledge had been published from East Africa. The present article will, it is hoped, fill that lacune. It demonstrates that there are, and always have been, numerous songs of mockery and defiance in Swahili, while new ones are sill being composed and sung. These songs form today a part of the healthy democratic process in East Africa.

KEYWORDS : Oral literature, Swahili, East Africa 

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