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In Step with the Times: Mapiko Masquerades of Mozambique (New African Histories) Paperback – 13 Oct 2014


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (13 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821420887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821420881
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
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"Countless authors have written about Mapiko, invariably contributing to its mythologization. But none have accomplished what Paolo Israel has, namely to produce a cultural history of Mapiko?--?including its plastic elements (the masks worn by Mapiko dancers) as well as its performative elements (dance, drumming, and lyrics). For this alone, Dr. Israel's work is worth reading."
-- Harry West, professor of anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and author of "Kupilikula: Governance and the Invisible Realm in Mozambique"

All readers will be mesmerized by Israel s attention to detail, ability to flesh out the mood of each period under study, and explanation of how the Makonde represented that mood and what was going on in their daily lives through the characters they brought to life through mapiko. "Kronos""

Countless authors have written about Mapiko, invariably contributing to its mythologization. But none have accomplished what Paolo Israel has, namely to produce a cultural history of Mapiko including its plastic elements (the masks worn by Mapiko dancers) as well as its performative elements (dance, drumming, and lyrics). For this alone, Dr. Israel s work is worth reading.
Harry West, professor of anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and author of Kupilikula: Governance and the Invisible Realm in Mozambique"

The insights, humour and rich linguistic material throughout In Step with the Times fuel that amazing rush one gets when reading a truly exceptional work. Israel cleverly guides us through layers upon layers of history, change, invention and reinvention in the creative artistry, choreography, songs and performances of scores of groups and hundreds of people over a broad region, both on and off the Makonde plateau. It is truly a tour de force. Canadian Journal of African Studies"

All readers will be mesmerized by Israel s attention to detail, ability to flesh out the mood of each period under study, and explanation of how the Makonde represented that mood and what was going on in their daily lives through the characters they brought to life through mapiko. Kronos"

Both innovative and liberating Israel has produced a remarkably well-written, thoroughly researched, and fantastically valuable book vividly detailing ongoing transmogrifications of the persistent cultural tradition(s) of mapiko. The book deserves a much wider readership than those interested in performance, political history, and memory in sub-Saharan Africa. Canadian Journal of History"

[This is] a study? in great depth of the historiography of older mapiko masquerading in Mozambique, and an intricately woven social history of twentieth-century Makonde masking forms. Israel brings to light a wealth of detail on the ways in which masking has changed over time and in a variety of social and historical circumstances. An important contribution to the literature on African masquerades and performance. African Arts"

"[This is] a study
 in great depth of the historiography of older mapiko masquerading in Mozambique, and an intricately woven social history of twentieth-century Makonde masking forms. ... Israel brings to light a wealth of detail on the ways in which masking has changed over time and in a variety of social and historical circumstances. ... An important contribution to the literature on African masquerades and performance."--African Arts

"The book reconstructs a history that has gone largely unwritten, achieving a panoramic vision of the simultaneously embedded and independent trajectory of mapiko...It is destined to become a classic for its unparalleled assembly of rich and detailed ethnographic data ... Israel's analysis opens lines of sight onto how longstanding dynamics of social interaction in southeast and east-central Africa...adapted to and helped shape the path of colonial rule in northern Mozambique. This is important and exciting history."--American Historical Review

"All readers will be mesmerised by Israel's attention to detail, ability to flesh out the mood of each period under study, and explanation of how the Makonde represented that mood and what was going on in their daily lives through the characte

..".Both innovative and liberating...Israel has produced a remarkably well-written, thoroughly researched, and fantastically valuable book vividly detailing ongoing transmogrifications of the persistent cultural tradition(s) of mapiko. ̷

"The insights, humour and rich linguistic material throughout In Step with the Times fuel that amazing rush one gets when reading a truly exceptional work. Israel...cleverly guides us through layers upon layers of history, change, invention and reinvention in the creative artistry, choreography, songs and performances of scores of groups and hundreds of people over a broad region, both on and off the Makonde plateau. It is truly a tour de force."--Canadian Journal of Africa Studies

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.


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