Marvels Of The African World: African Cultural Patrimony, New World Connections, And Identities Niyi Afolabi

ISBN: 9781592210213

Published: December 2nd 2003

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Marvels Of The African World: African Cultural Patrimony, New World Connections, And Identities  by  Niyi Afolabi

Marvels Of The African World: African Cultural Patrimony, New World Connections, And Identities by Niyi Afolabi
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This book examines the cultural and spiritual connections between Africa and the New World where values continue to survive, thrive, and reverberate in the soul, politics, and creative expressions of Africa. Drawing from an underlying theme of sharedMoreThis book examines the cultural and spiritual connections between Africa and the New World where values continue to survive, thrive, and reverberate in the soul, politics, and creative expressions of Africa.

Drawing from an underlying theme of shared heritage, belonging, and kinship, the essays in this book represent a multi-dimensional and multi-vocal attempt to recuperate a culture that crosses borders while retaining age-old traditions and negotiating shifting identities in new locations.

The contributors to this rich volume rely on the alters of memory and imagination and with a strong appreciation of the experiential and ideological consciousness that this implies. They dwell on issues as far-flung as hip-hop aesthetics and magical realism. The variety found in these essays is most welcome. They explore innumerable issues concerning Africa and its Diaspora, a question of conflicts: African presence in the West being denied and its contributions being altered or manipulated to suit the hidden agenda of the imperialists.

A question of continuities: African cultural manifestations in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Panama, the United States being explored by scholars who recognize the affinity and the necessity to remind benefactors that the beneficiaries cannot be disrespected or disregarded or silenced. A question of convergences: African cultural patrimony, on both the ancestral continent and in the Diaspora, being highlighted as valid whole, as proof that, contrary to post-modernist postulations, the Black race still has a whole world in common.

--Femi Ojo-Ade, Director, African and African Diaspora Studies, St. Marys College of Maryland This book demands reflection on the notions ofculture -- however defined -- and on the word patrimony as it applied to the work at hand. It is inscribed in the effort generated in (re)claiming ones heritage, ones cultural patrimony ostensibly lost in the bleakness of centuries of disruptions.

--Professor Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Center for Black Studies, University of California-Santa Barbara



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