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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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© Joyce Nyairo

Joyce Nyairo is a Cultural Analyst as well as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literature, Theatre and Film Studies, School of Arts and Social Sciences at Moi University, Kenya. She has served as an assessor for the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa since 2003 and is an occasional reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement. Joyce Nyairo is co-editor of the Journal of Eastern African Studies.

Selected Bibliography:
Ogude, J.; Nyairo, J. (2007): Urban Legends, Colonial Myths – Popular Culture and Literature in East Africa. Trenton: Africa World Press.

Joyce Nyairo & TEN CITIES:
Joyce Nyairo works together with Johannes Hossfeld and Florian Sievers to manage TEN CITIES' research part. All three are also responsible for the final editing of all the projects research papers. Apart from that she one of the authors from Nairobi that contribute to the upcoming TEN CITIES publication on club culture.
Sabine Bretz