Women’s Song-and-Dance-Pieces: The ‘Original’ Bikutsi

Bikutsi - A Beti Dance Music on the Rise, 1970 – 1990 - Anja Brunner

Anja Brunner [+-]
University of Bern
Anja Brunner is Assistant for Cultural Anthropology of Music, Department of Musicology at the University of Bern.


Chapter 3 discusses one of the sources/origins of the guitar-based popular music genre bikutsi: women’s song-and-dance-pieces in Beti music. Starting with general information on Beti music and the conceptions around music in Beti culture, a special focus lies on the sung and danced bikutsi pieces by women, in terms of content, dance, and structure, including an historical as well as a contemporary perspective.

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Brunner, Anja. Women’s Song-and-Dance-Pieces: The ‘Original’ Bikutsi. Bikutsi - A Beti Dance Music on the Rise, 1970 – 1990. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2021. ISBN 9781781797860. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36062. Date accessed: 18 Apr 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36062. Sep 2021

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