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Humanities 2018, 7(4), 129; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7040129

Political Messages in African Music: Assessing Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Lucky Dube and Alpha Blondy

Department of Journalism, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX 76129, USA
Received: 30 September 2018 / Revised: 28 November 2018 / Accepted: 30 November 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
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Political communication inquiry principally investigates institutions such as governments and congress, and processes such as elections and political advertising. This study takes a largely unexplored route: An assessment of political messages embedded in music, with a focus on the artistic works of three male African music icons—Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (Nigeria), Lucky Dube (South Africa), and Alpha Blondy (Côte d’Ivoire). Methodologically, a purposive sample of the lyrics of songs by the musicians was textually analyzed to identify the themes and nuances in their political messaging. Framing was the theoretical underpinning. This study determined that all three musicians were vocal against corruption, citizen marginalization, and a cessation of wars and bloodshed in the continent. View Full-Text
Keywords: Political communication; African politics; African music; Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Alpha Blondy; Lucky Dube; textual analysis Political communication; African politics; African music; Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Alpha Blondy; Lucky Dube; textual analysis
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Onyebadi, U. Political Messages in African Music: Assessing Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Lucky Dube and Alpha Blondy. Humanities 2018, 7, 129.

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