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Isaac Tibasiima F'17

Isaac Tibasiima

Assistant Lecturer
Department of Literature
Makerere University
last updated: 09/25/17

African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships 2017
Assistant Lecturer
Department of Literature
Makerere University
Song and Nation: A Study of Secondary School Music Competition Original Song Composition in Uganda

This study examines secondary school music competitions, a major event on the national calendar. It particularly analyses song as a performance of nation mainly because the competitions have, over the years, concentrated on themes around national experience. The research discusses the ‘original song composition’ item as a distinct subset of the larger corpus of secondary school inter-house song competition. Drawing on Postcolonial and Performance Theories, it examines the ‘original song composition’ as a neo-traditional performance site where national experiences are not homogeneous, but are at a deeper level full of complexities and tensions. Performance is seen as a communicative process which draws on a plurality of voices. The debate on the nation portrayed in the ‘original song composition’ demonstrates that students consciously and unconsciously perceive the nation as a site of interactions, intersections and contentions of identities and power with the nation as an amalgamation of layered experiences, thoughts and relationships.