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Merolla, Daniela 


The Verba Africana series publishes video recording of African verbal arts on CDRom's, DVD’s and the Internet. This series responds to the increasing need for new electronic tools that integrate the written and audio-visual materials for research, teaching and learning of African languages and oral literatures. The video recording of oral genres, such as poems, songs and tales, is integrated into the presentation of relevant aspects (language, form, content, performance, literary, social and historical context). The videos and the accompanying material (short information and full articles) allow researchers and the interested public to approach oral literary productions as ‘total event’.


The Swahili song Kijiti, whose text was composed by the famous taarab artist Siti binti Saad (1898-1950) to express her anger about the abuses committed against women that often remained unpunished. It is performed by the udi player Said Nassor and the old taarab singer Bi Kidude.


Oral Literature, Oral Tradition, Linguistic Anthropology, African, Story, Performance, Storytellers, Song, Interview

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Verba Africana

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NWO, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research