In Search of Africa

ISBN-10: 0674004086

ISBN-13: 9780674004085

Edition: 1998

Authors: Manthia Diawara

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"There I was, standing alone, unable to cry as I said goodbye to Sidim Laye, my best friend, and to the revolution that had opened the door of modernity for me--the revolution that had invented me." This book gives us the story of a quest for a childhood friend, for the past and present, and above all for an Africa that is struggling to find its future. In 1996 Manthia Diawara, a distinguished professor of film and literature in New York City, returns to Guinea, thirty-two years after he and his family were expelled from the newly liberated country. He is beginning work on a documentary about Skou Tour, the dictator who was Guinea's first post-independence leader. Despite the years that have gone by, Diawara expects to be welcomed as an insider, and is shocked to discover that he is not. The Africa that Diawara finds is not the one on the verge of barbarism, as described in the Western press. Yet neither is it the Africa of his childhood, when the excitement of independence made everything seem possible for young Africans. His search for Sidim Laye leads Diawara to profound meditations on Africa's culture. He suggests solutions that might overcome the stultifying legacy of colonialism and age-old social practices, yet that will mobilize indigenous strengths and energies. In the face of Africa's dilemmas, Diawara accords an important role to the culture of the diaspora as well as to traditional music and literature--to James Brown, Miles Davis, and Salif Kita, to Richard Wright, Spike Lee, and the ancient epics of the griots. And Diawara's journey enlightens us in the most disarming way with humor, conversations, and well-told tales.
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List price: $29.50
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 9.50" wide x 6.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Situation I
In My Home
Williams Sassine on Afro-Pessimism Situation
Situation II
Cemoko's Sekou Toure
Return Narratives Djibril Tamsir Niane's Sundiata
Salif Keita's Mandjou
Afro-Kitsch and Woodstock in Bamako
Toumani Diabate: A Kora Master
Situation III
The Shape of the Future
Modernity Is in Evil Forest
Culture and Nationalism as Resistance to Globalization
The Markets in West Africa and the Devaluation of the CFA Franc
How to Compete
Finding Sidime Laye
Africa's Art of Resistance
Blinded by My Loss
The Curse of the Masks
The Fang Byeri Statue as Primitive Art
Cheri Samba: The Stereotype Strikes Back
Sidime Laye's Song of Resistance
Sidime Laye One Year Later
Situation IV
The Homeboy and the Myth of Cain
The Black Man in Bondage: The Construction of Mobility in Superfly and Shaft
Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It
The 'Hood in Spike Lee's Cinema
Homeboys and the Reclaiming of the Stereotype in Black Film
Toward a New Common Ground and Mentality
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