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Music for a Coup: 'Armee Guineenne' - an Overview of Guinea's Recent Political Turmoil

Australasian Review of African Studies, The
Volume 31 Issue 2 (Dec 2010)

Abstract: Since independence in 1958 Guinea has been beset by autocratic and repressive regimes. In 2008 the military junta led by Capt. Moussa 'Dadis' Camara promised free and fair elections, yet succeeded only in repressing democratic reforms amidst growing corruption within the military. The campaign to promote Dadis as a Presidential candidate was accompanied by the popular song 'Armee Guineenne,' which praised the army as the defenders of the nation. The events of September 28 2009, however, where unarmed protestors were massacred by Guinea's defence forces, proved the falsity of this claim. This article examines the interplay between music and politics in Guinea, a relationship which has its origins in the cultural policies of the independence era. As Guinea enters a new phase, with the election of its first civilian government, this article also provides background to the current political situation.

To cite this article: Counsel, Graeme. Music for a Coup: 'Armee Guineenne' - an Overview of Guinea's Recent Political Turmoil [online]. Australasian Review of African Studies, The, Vol. 31, No. 2, Dec 2010: 94-112. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=489712732222033;res=IELNZC> ISSN: 1447-8420. [cited 29 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Counsel, Graeme; Source: Australasian Review of African Studies, The, Vol. 31, No. 2, Dec 2010: 94-112 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1447-8420 Subject: Political science; Music--Political aspects; History; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) University of Melbourne

Database: New Zealand Collection