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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.99

Music does not Stop: An Analysis of Development Process of a Modern Dance Show “Karioki” in Kampala, Uganda


  • Dr. Midori DAIMON

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This presentation discovers that music has brought a new social relations to youth by analyzing the development process of a modern dance show, karioki, which has flourished in Kampala, Uganda from the early 21st century. Originally, karioki used to be played as a mere amusement by university students in Kampala who were fascinated by American popular music. A few years later, it was transformed into a popular entertainment enjoyed by a wider audience. This presentation, firstly, explores the karioki development process from a minor youth culture to a popular entertainment by analyzing its changing social backgrounds such as social conditions and information technologies in the 1990’s. Second, I explain and argue that, when the youth shifted the performance venue from schools to bars and/or restraunts, karioki was established as a business, attracting a wide variety of youth as professional performers, which has also enriched the performance style. Lastly, by analyzing how music and youth relates each other at the actual “scene” of karioki, I examine what an important key music would be for Ugandan youth relationship.