Please note: In order to keep Hive up to date and provide users with the best features, we are no longer able to fully support Internet Explorer. The site is still available to you, however some sections of the site may appear broken. We would encourage you to move to a more modern browser like Firefox, Edge or Chrome in order to experience the site fully.

Bikutsi : A Beti Dance Music on the Rise, 1970-1990, Hardback Book

Bikutsi : A Beti Dance Music on the Rise, 1970-1990 Hardback

Part of the Transcultural Music Studies series



This book offers the first ethnographically informed, in-depth historical study of the Cameroonian popular music genre bikutsi.

The thriving dance music in Cameroon's day-to-day life has its foundation in the specific historical processes of the 1970s and 1980s, which led to the recognition of bikutsi as a distinct genre of Cameroonian dance music.

Examining these processes in detail, this book analyses the various factors involved in the rise of a popular music genre within a national music scene.

The book begins by tracing the roots of bikutsi in the musical traditions of the ethnic groups of the Beti who live in and around Cameroon's capital Yaounde, as well as in the manifold popular dance music practices fashionable in mid-twentieth-century Cameroon.

The volume then considers the musical work of successful groups and musicians, framing their musical practices and success within the socio-political circumstances, musical environment, and ambitions of individuals.

Offering an explanation for the changes in Cameroon's musical life, these analyses illustrate the interplay between the innovative ambitions of individual musicians, a specific political situation within the power structure of the post-colonial state, dedicated individuals in media and the music market, and technological changes in recording and disseminating music.


Other Formats


Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Also in the Transcultural Music Studies series  |  View all