Popular culture and representations of addiction: understanding Malawi urban music in the narratives of drugs and sex

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Abstract

Music in Malawi has been used to inform, communicate and educate. Thus, it has a central place in the shaping of attitudes as well as reflecting perceptions. From the early 2000s, a new genre of music commonly called ‘urban music’ started commanding a huge influence among Malawian youth. As of now, it is a celebrated genre with dedicated programmes, concerts that are full of people and celebrated producers. Much as the themes of urban music have been varying, key themes have come to be based on drugs and sex. Urban music has mostly glamorised the drugs and sex in its narratives. This Chapter aims to discuss how urban music fits in the narratives of drug addiction and sex addiction especially as it relates to young people. The Chapter will specifically discuss such narratives in the music of Mafo who is a ‘celebrated’ producer of urban music especially among young people.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAddiction in South and East Africa
Subtitle of host publicationinterdisciplinary approaches
EditorsYamikani Ndasauka, Grivas Muchineripi Kayange
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages125-141
Number of pages17
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9783030135935
ISBN (Print)9783030135928
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes

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    Namusanya, D. M. (2019). Popular culture and representations of addiction: understanding Malawi urban music in the narratives of drugs and sex. In Y. Ndasauka, & G. M. Kayange (Eds.), Addiction in South and East Africa: interdisciplinary approaches (1 ed., pp. 125-141). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-13593-5_8