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The Tiv Typology

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New Horizons and Neo-Oralities in Interrogating African Oral Products in a Digital Age

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The cultural logic of postmodernity is encrusted with artistic layers and forms of oral art in their new horizons of usage and in their neo-oralities of performance within the pressures of cultural change and continuity arising from contemporary existence. The discursive and performative limits of oral art forms are dismantled due to the surging interface with the new media, such that transitional models and cross-cultural versions of the same artistic product are created. The pressures of urbanization, the mixed bag of hybridization and globalization, postmodern social pressures and values, and the strides made by science and technology have created neo-oralities, new horizons, and fresh or hybrid versions with which to interrogate Tiv oral artistic products in this digital age, opening up endless vistas and possibilities for oral products. This essay examines the new horizons, versions, and neo-oralities as they create synergy and meanings in the various media of technology. Also highlighted are the dismantled boundaries of the discipline and the discursive limits of oral artistic forms within the developmental trajectory of disciplines, artists, societies, and countries. Finally, a theoretical construct is called for to match the new trends, along with an appeal for greater research attention to be paid to this increasingly important interface with the pressures of change as they help shape culture and art forms.

Affiliations: 1: Federal University


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