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date: 21 November 2019

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Using case studies drawn from sport and music, this chapter re-assesses the significance of popular performance cultures for contemporary postcolonial studies. Kenya’s first international athletes of the 1950s, for example, are shown to have emerged from colonial projects of nation building whilst also providing performative critiques of British sporting ideology. Meanwhile, the work of Jamaican musicians Bob Marley and Buju Banton suggests the capacity of popular music to articulate and make interventions within the politics of postcolonial experience. Such performances, the chapter argues, both embody complex processes of decolonization and postcolonial construction and provide vernacular theoretical resources for exploring their histories.

Keywords: Popular cultures, race, performance, reggae, sport

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