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In Step with the Times: Mapiko Masquerades of Mozambique (New African Histories)


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The helmet-shaped mapiko masks of Mozam­bique have garnered admiration from African art scholars and collectors alike, due to their striking aesthetics and their grotesque allure. This book restores to mapiko its historic and artistic context, charting in detail the transformations of this masquerading tradition throughout the twentieth century.

Based on field research spanning seven years, this study shows how mapiko has undergone continuous reinvention by visionary individuals, has diversified into genres with broad generational appeal, and has enacted historical events and political engagements. This dense history of creativity and change has been sustained by a culture of competition deeply ingrained within the logic of ritual itself. The desire to outshine rivals on the dance ground drives performers to search for the new, the astonishing, and the topical. It is this spirit of rivalry and one-upmanship that keeps mapiko attuned to the times that it traverses.

In Step with the Times is illustrated with vibrant photographs of mapiko masks and performances. It marks the most radical attempt to date to historicize an African performative tradition.

About the Author

Paolo Israel is a senior lecturer in history at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He has written extensively about Mozambican expressive cultures, political ethnicity, and witchcraft.

Table of Contents

• List of Illustrations

• Acknowledgments

• Note on Language

• Introduction: Rhythms of Change

• Part One

Directions • Chapter 1: The War of Sexes

The Colonial Library and Its Afterlife

• Chapter 2: Passage, Secrecy, Rivalry

An Excursion into Anthropological Theory

• Part Two

Cosmopolitanism (1917–62) • Chapter 3: Meat Is Meat

Modernism in the Aftermath of Slavery

• Chapter 4: Masters of Play

Late-Colonial Aesthetics and Practice

• Chapter 5: Lowland Nights

Ambivalence in the Face of Death

• Chapter 6: Migrant Tunes

On the Threshold of Nationalism

• Part Three

Revolution (1962–92) • Chapter 7: Ten Years of War

Shaping the People

• Chapter 8: Youth Power

Villages, Festivals, and Rivals

• Chapter 9: Faceless Spirits

The Rise and Fall of Feminist Masquerades

• Part Four

After Socialism (1992–2009) • Chapter 10: Dont Go Astray

Democracy and Disorder

• Chapter 11: Puppets and Machetes

Boys in a Wild World

• Epilogue: Resurrections

• Notes

• Glossary of Shimakonde Terms

• Mapiko Genres and Other Dance Genres

• Makonde Drums and Other Musical Instruments

• Bibliography

• Index

Product Details

Israel, Paolo
Ohio University Press
World History-Africa
Edition Description:
New African Histories
Publication Date:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » African
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Dance » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Literary History » General
History and Social Science » Literary History » Literary Interviews
History and Social Science » World History » Africa

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