Soweto Blues

Soweto Blues

Jazz, Popular Music, and Politics in South Africa

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2004
ISBN: 0826416624 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 781.650968 ANS
Characteristics: viii, 350 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Soweto blues

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