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Soweto blues : jazz, popular music, and politics in South Africa

Author: Gwen Ansell
Publisher: New York ; London : Continuum, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A major new contribution to the study of African music, Soweto Blues tells the remarkable story of how jazz became a key part of South Africa's struggles in the 20th Century, and provides a fascinating overview of the ongoing links between African and American styles of music. Ansell illustrates how jazz occupies a unique place in South African music. Through interviews with hundreds of musicians, she pieces  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gwen Ansell
ISBN: 0826416624 9780826416629
OCLC Number: 1014359107
Description: viii, 350 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Where it all started --
New sounds of the cities --
Athens on the reef --
The land is dead --
Underground in Africa --
Jazz for the struggle, and the struggle for jazz --
Home is where the music is : South African jazz abroad --
The 1990s and beyond : not yet Uhuru.
Responsibility: Gwen Ansell.

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A major new contribution to the study of African music, Soweto Blues tells the remarkable story of how jazz became a key part of South Africa's struggles in the 20th Century, and provides a fascinating overview of the ongoing links between African and American styles of music. Ansell illustrates how jazz occupies a unique place in South African music. Through interviews with hundreds of musicians, she pieces together a vibrant narrative history, bringing to life the early politics of resistance, the atmosphere of illegal performance spaces, the global anti-apartheid influence of Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, as well as the post-apartheid upheavals in the national broadcasting and recording industries. Featuring an introduction by Abdullah Ibrahim, Soweto Blues is a fitting tribute to the power of music to inspire optimism and self-expression in the darkest of times.

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