2011. Live from Dar es Salaam: Popular Music and Tanzania's Music Economy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
When socialism collapsed in Tanzania, the government-controlled music industry gave way to a vibrant independentmusic scene. Alex Perullo explores the world of the bands, music distributors, managers, and clubs that attest to the lively and creative music industry in Dar es Salaam. Perullo examines the formation of thecity’s music economy, considering the means of musical production, distribution, protection, broadcasting, and performance. He exposes both legal and illegal strategies for creating business opportunities employed by entrepreneurs who battle government restrictions and give flight to their musical aspirations. This is a singular look at the complex music landscape in one of Africa’s most dynamic cities.
"This isn't just a book about Tanzanian popular music. It's a compendium of everything one could wish to know and more about Dar es Salaam's performance life, and an ethnographic tour de force that offers an insider's trip to the sweaty heart of an African capital's music scene, without having to go there. The social economy of post-independence Dar es Salaam is painstakingly interwoven into an account of every style, trend, and movement in the city's imaginative life from every angle. Perullo's achievement will set the standard for studies of popular culture in urban East Africa for decades to come." —David B. Coplan, University of the Witwatersrand
2012. Artistic Rights: Copyright Law for East African Musicians, Artists, Writers, and Other Authors, US State Department and Kwetu Press.
Covering topics related to copyright law for any artist working in East Africa, this resource guide provides information about copyright law, economic rights, moiral rights, ownership, public domain, and earning royalties. It has chapters geared toward musicians, filmmakers, literary authors, artists, as well as those who work with traditional knowledge. There are also sample contracts andadvice for working with collective management organizations. The resource guide is written in both Swahili and English, and was distributed for free to artists throughout East Africa in 2013.
2014.“Rights: The Rise of Rights and Nonprofit Organizations in East African Societies.” Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research, edited by Hilary E. Kahn. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
2014. “Musical Property Rights Regimes in Kenya and Tanzania after TRIPs,” coauthored with Andrew J. Eisenberg. Sage Handbook of Intellectual Property, edited by Matthew David and Debbie Halbert. London: UK.
2014. “Youth of Many Days: Authority, Health, and Pensions among Elder Musicians in Tanzania,” The World of Music 3(1): 81-100.
2012. "Imitation and Innovation in the Music, Dress, and Camps of Tanzanian Youth," Hip Hop Africa, edited by Eric Charry. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press.
2011. "Politics and Popular Song: Youth, Authority, and Popular Music in East Africa," African Music 9(1): 87-116.
2011. "Hooligans and Heroes Youth Identity and Hip-Hop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania," republished article in That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, second edition, edited by Mark Anthony Neal and Murray Forman. Routledge Press.
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2009. “Generations of Sound: Popular Music and Performance in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.” Ethnomusicology Video for Instruction and Analysis (EVIA) Digital Archive, Indiana University and the University of Michigan.
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2008. “Conceptions of Song: Ownership, Rights, and African Copyright Law.” The Garland Handbook of African Music, second edition, edited by Ruth M. Stone. London and New York: Routledge.
2008. “Rumba in the City of Peace: Migration and the Cultural Commodity of
Congolese Music in Dar es Salaam, 1968-1985.” Ethnomusicology 52(2): 296-324.
2007.“Morning ‘till Night, Cradle to the Grave: Laura Boulton, Recorded Sound, and Meaning in Angolan Music.” Resound 26 (1/2 and 3/4): 1-15.
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2007. “‘Here’s a Little Something Local’: An Early History of Hip Hop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 1984-1997.” In Dar es Salaam: The History of an Emerging East African metropolis, edited by Andrew Burton, James Brennan, and Yusuf Lawi, London and Dar es Salaam: British Institute and Mkuki wa Nyota.