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Review of African Theatre and Performances


By Martin Banham

African Theatres and Performances. Osita Okagbue, Routledge, London, 2007, Pp. 200. ISBN 0 415 30453-9 (hbk). £60.

This new and important study describes and analyses the performance of Mmonwu - Igbo masquerade theatre, Bori - Hausa ritual theatre, Jaliya - the art of Mandinka griots and griottes, and Koteba (kote-tlon) - comedy and satire of the Bamana. Okagbue challenges the use of western critical approaches to describe and appreciate traditional and ancient performance forms in Africa.

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