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dc.contributor.authorWanjala, Henry
dc.contributor.authorKebaya, Charles
dc.date.accessioned2023-07-14T13:47:42Z
dc.date.available2023-07-14T13:47:42Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationWanjala, H., & Kebaya, C. (2016). Popular music and identity formation among Kenyan youth. Muziki, 13(2), 20-35.en_US
dc.identifier.otherDOI: 10.1080/18125980.2016.1249159
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/26238
dc.descriptionArticleen_US
dc.description.abstractThe role of music in the formation and shaping of identity cannot be gainsaid since music represents an important cultural sphere where identities are affirmed, challenged, torn apart and reconstructed. Many young people use music and musicians that they admire to distinguish themselves from their peers. Thus, the choice of music among the youth often serves as an important marker of the character and nature of identity under construction. Music is meant to be fun, to brighten life, but the development and expression of musical taste can also be a serious statement about one’s identity. Pop music as a genre has had the greatest appeal and impact to the majority of the youth in Kenya. The influence of the medium and its artists on overall identity development is pervasive, complex, and far-reaching in its cultural significance. Grounded in both a historical analysis and a theoretical framework of identity, we interrogate how contemporary pop music shapes and influences identities among Kenyan youth. Using purposively selected contemporary popular music in Kenya, the article provides a textual exegesis of how music uses resources of history, language, and culture in the construction and performance of certain identities. To this end, the study analyses the strategic position of identity and the possibility of connecting it with conceptions of time, discourse, and history. This study provides new insights into how music – as a medium in which identities are constructed, performed, and contested – can be utilised meaningfully in shaping worldviews among Kenyan youth.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor \& Francisen_US
dc.subjectidentityen_US
dc.subjectpopular musicen_US
dc.subjectyouthen_US
dc.subjectperformanceen_US
dc.titlePopular Music and Identity Formation among Kenyan Youthen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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