Popular music and the negotiation of contemporary Kenyan identity: The example of Nairobi City Ensemble

  • Nyairo J
  • Ogude J
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This article discusses the popular music and the negotiation of contemporary Kenyan identity through the example of "Nairobi City Ensemble." The objective of this paper is to explore the ways in which Nairobi City Ensemble's music grapples with the problematic of contemporary postcolonial identity. The "Nairobi City Ensemble" is the brainchild of veteran Kenyan music producer and composer, Tabu Osusa. The point to be made is that to remain totally imprisoned within the constructivist understanding of identity, is to lose sight of what Brubaker and Cooper designate as the 'coercive' and forced 'external identifications' that a song like Le Boucheron in the album demonstrates. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Joyce Nyairo

  • James Ogude

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