By Mhoze Chikowero
In this new historical past of song in Zimbabwe, Mhoze Chikowero deftly makes use of African resources to interrogate the copious colonial archive, interpreting it as a confessional voice alongside and opposed to the grain to put in writing a posh background of song, colonialism, and African self-liberation. Chikowero's ebook starts off within the Eighteen Nineties with missionary crusades opposed to African performative cultures and African scholars being inducted into challenge bands, which contextualize the track of segregated city and mining corporation dance halls within the Thirties, and he builds genealogies of the Chimurenga track later popularized by way of guerrilla artists like Dorothy Masuku, Zexie Manatsa, Thomas Mapfumo, and others within the Nineteen Seventies. Chikowero exhibits how Africans deployed their song and indigenous wisdom platforms to struggle for his or her freedom from British colonial domination and to claim their cultural sovereignty.
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