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Kwaito's promise : music and the aesthetics of freedom in South Africa

Author: Gavin Steingo
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016, cop. 2016.
Series: Chicago studies in ethnomusicology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In mid-1990s South Africa, apartheid ended, Nelson Mandela was elected president, and the country's urban black youth developed kwaito--a form of electronic music (redolent of North American house) that came to represent the post-struggle generation. In this book, Gavin Steingo examines kwaito as it has developed alongside the democratization of South Africa over the past two decades. Tracking the fall of South  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gavin Steingo
ISBN: 9780226362403 022636240X 9780226362540 022636254X
OCLC Number: 957517417
Description: 1 vol. (XX-307 p.) : ill., couv. ill. en coul. ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Chicago studies in ethnomusicology.
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"In mid-1990s South Africa, apartheid ended, Nelson Mandela was elected president, and the country's urban black youth developed kwaito--a form of electronic music (redolent of North American house) that came to represent the post-struggle generation. In this book, Gavin Steingo examines kwaito as it has developed alongside the democratization of South Africa over the past two decades. Tracking the fall of South African hope into the disenchantment that often characterizes the outlook of its youth today - who face high unemployment, extreme inequality, and widespread crime--Steingo looks to kwaito as a powerful tool that paradoxically engages South Africa's crucial social and political problems by, in fact, seeming to ignore them. Politicians and cultural critics have long criticized kwaito for failing to provide any meaningful contribution to a society that desperately needs direction. As Steingo shows, however, these criticisms are built on problematic assumptions about the political function of music. Interacting with kwaito artists and fans, he shows that youth aren't escaping their social condition through kwaito but rather using it to expand their sensory realities and generate new possibilities. Resisting the truism that "music is always political," Steingo elucidates a music that thrives on its its radically ambiguous relationship with politics, power, and the state"--Publisher's website.

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"Gavin Steingo has written an original, stylish, subtly-layered and admirably nuanced history and critical analysis of one of South Africa's most distinctive and dominant forms of urban music. . . . Read more...

 
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