By Kimani Njogu, G. Oluoch-Olunya
Artwork, tradition and Society Vol 1 is the 1st in a sequence of books to be released through Twaweza Communications at the dating among artwork and society, with distinct connection with Kenya. it truly is a part of a cultural management initiative being undertaken by way of the association via a reexamination of the humanities as they're produced and studied. This quantity brings jointly very important reflections at the arts and is a massive step in encouraging discussion at the courting among creativity and the human within the zone. considerably, it creates an area for university-based teachers to have interaction in discussion with artists and writers established open air associations of upper studying. The conversations will bridge the space among the 2 domain names for wisdom construction and increase inventive company in Kenya, in conception and perform. because the essays during this assortment convey, the current international state of affairs calls for the way to conceptualise and theorise an ever turning out to be cultural interconnectedness, occasionally manifested in paintings; and interconnectedness that pulls from a myriad of cultures and reviews. throughout the bridges of touch and cultural trade far away pictures are mediated and taken toward us. they're reinterpreted and transformed. within the bottom line, tradition is proven to be a big point of human creativity yet separateness and boundedness is contested. as a substitute, tradition is proven to be malleable and fluid. The essays herald a brand new freshness to our studying of the inventive arts popping out of Kenya.
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11 Translation adopted from Gerald Joseph Wanjohi. The Wisdom and Philosophy of African Proverbs:The GikuyuWorld-View. Nairobi, 1997, p 165. References Ashton, D. (1972). Picasso on Art: A Selection of Views. New York: The Viking Press. Barber, K. (1997). ’ In Africa 67 (3). Barber, K. (1997). West Africa Popula Theatre. Bloomington, Ind. Barra, G. (1990). 1000 Kikuyu Proverbs. London: McMillan and Co. Ltd. Doug, P. Volume 1. Broughton, Simon Mark Ellingham and Richard Trillo, with Orla Duane and Vanessa Dowell (eds).
Probably, this accounts for Kamaru’s switch to gospel music. However, this is not a topic this paper intend to deal with at this moment. But a crucial analysis of Kamaru’s audience is necessary. Kamaru’s Audience Most of his songs are purely in the Gikuyu language. His music, however, requires critical appreciation. The fact that his music spanning over four decades is readily available in music shops in Kenya denotes a wide audience. Linguistic ambiguity is one of the cornerstones of Kamaru’s music.
This last analysis is quite interesting especially given the fact that in Swahili culture, men are seen as progressive, the shapers and keepers 22 Building Bridges of community knowledge while the women are seen as the custodians of tradition (Ntarangwi, 1998; Strobel, 1979). Conclusions I have shown in this chapter that music is a very important medium through which a community can express and shape its own existence. It is a medium where knowledge making and transmission becomes part of a community through the use of local sensibilities and tools.