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...The Congolese bandleader Joseph Kabasele, known popularly as Le Grande Kallé, helped to establish and modernize African jazz during the age of decolonization. Born in the former Belgian Congo in 1930, Kabasele came from a prominent family...

Soukouss

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Congolese popular dance music has a long history within Africa and on both sides of the Atlantic. Generally referred to as ‘Congolese rumba,’ this quintessentially modern tradition is a source of national pride for the nearly 80 million...

Botswana

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 1,573,267 (2003) The Republic of Botswana is a landlocked country in southern Africa of some 220,000 sq miles (569,800 sq km), encircled by Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa. Formerly the British protectorate...

São Tomé and Príncipe

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 143,000 (2002) São Tomé and Príncipe is one of the smallest African republics, with a land area of 375 sq miles (960 sq km). The mountainous country comprises the two main islands of São Tomé and Príncipe...

Central African Republic

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 3,844,000 (2003) The Central African Republic (République Centrafricaine, also Centrafrique) is a landlocked country of 243,351 sq miles (622,980 sq km) bordered by Chad to the north, Cameroon to the west...

Rumba

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Before its association with a succession of commercial pop music styles, the term rumba referred to a neo-African traditional dance/music form in Cuba that has remained popular into the twenty-first century. Some of the musical roots...

Nairobi

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 2,205,000 (2000) Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. It lies on latitude 1.5° south of the equator, thus enjoying virtually equal lengths of day and night all year round. At an altitude of 5,580 ft...

Rwanda

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 8,148,000 (2002) Rwanda is a densely populated nation in the Great Lakes region of eastern central Africa. It is the home of mountain gorillas and popularly known as ‘the land of a thousand hills...

Guinea-Bissau

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 1,923,000 (2002) The Republic of Guinea-Bissau is a small coastal delta between Guinea-Conakry and Senegal in West Africa with a land area of 8,250 sq miles (28,120 sq km). The main ethnic groups in the population...

Swaziland

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 948,000 (2002) The Kingdom of Swaziland is surrounded on three sides by South Africa and on its eastern border by Mozambique. It consists of three regions: the high, middle and low velt (plains). The main crops include...