Kiswahili Oral Literature

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Course Venue:


College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Course Schedule

2 PM: 
3 PM
5 PM: 
7 PM
Course Code: 
KSA 2104
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Academic Programs: 
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

This course provides knowledge in oral literature to students and it covers the following topics: theoretical background, oral artist as a marker and his/her place in society, oral performance, oral artist and the audience, stylistic oral literature and theatre, oral literature and musicology, different types of Kiswahili compositions and musical instruments, poetric Kiswahili as oral literature, malumbano, vijarabu, vitendawili and narrative oral literature.  

Learning Outcomes: 
  1. appreciate the significance of oral literature in guiding and shaping society
  2. understand fundamental issues surrounding the nature and future of oral literature
  3.  evaluate oral literature genres and their performance


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