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Meintjes, Louise. 2003. Sound of Africa!: Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio.

Brett Pyper

Title:
Meintjes, Louise. 2003. Sound of Africa!: Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio.
Author(s):
Pyper, Brett
Date:
Type:
Reviews
Department(s):
Music
Volume:
75
Persistent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
Current Musicology
Geographic Area:
South Africa
Publisher:
Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
In the early 1990s, when Louise Meintjes conducted the bulk of the research on which Sound of Africa!: Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio is based, Zulu ethnicity was being celebrated on the world's stages at the same time that it was being bitterly contested at home. In the wake of Paul Simon's Graceland collaborations, accomplished studio musicians and ethnically identified groups like Ladysmith Black Mambazo gained access to the burgeoning world music market. At the same time, however, a violent upsurge of Zulu ethnic nationalism threatened the negotiated transition from white minority rule to nonracial democratic elections. This violence, which jeopardized the transition process from Nelson Mandela's release in 1990 until the eve of South Africa's historic 1994 elections, was a manifestation of the apartheid state's reification and manipulation of African ethnicity as a divide-and-rule strategy.
Subject(s):
Music
Zulu (African people)--Music
Zulu (African people)--Ethnic identity
Apartheid
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Suggested Citation:
Brett Pyper, , Meintjes, Louise. 2003. Sound of Africa!: Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio., Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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