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By Clare A. Ignatowski

During the lengthy dry season, Tupuri women and men in northern Cameroon assemble in gurna camps outdoor their villages to benefit the songs that would be played at extensively attended celebrations to honor the year’s lifeless. The gurna offers an area for them to hitch jointly in cohesion to take care of their livestock, fatten their our bodies, and percentage neighborhood tales. yet why does the gurna stay significant within the smooth geographical region of Cameroon? In trip of music, Clare A. Ignatowski explores the energy of gurna ritual within the context of village lifestyles and concrete neighborhoods. She exhibits how Tupuri songs borrow from political discourse on democracy in Cameroon and make mild of human foibles, publicize scandals, advertise the status of dancers, and supply an enviornment for strong social observation at the demanding situations of recent existence. within the context of huge social swap in Africa, Ignatowski explores the inventive and communal approach through which neighborhood livelihoods and identities are proven in dance and song.

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