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Soweto Blues : Jazz and Politics in South Africa - Gwen Ansell

Soweto Blues

Jazz and Politics in South Africa

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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.

"Soweto Blues is the book South African jazz lovers have been praying for. The book is conceived to be a useful resource to anyone interested in South African jazz in South Africa and abroad with varying levels of knowledge about the music. Soweto Blues was a long time in the making. With luck, it will inspire more people to explore the incredible jazz that has come out of South Africa."--Sanford Lakoff

Where it all startedp. 1
New sounds of the citiesp. 27
Athens on the reefp. 64
The land is deadp. 108
Underground in Africap. 143
Jazz for the struggle, and the struggle for jazzp. 180
Home is where the music is : South African jazz abroadp. 221
The 1990s and beyond : not yet Uhurup. 261
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780826416629
ISBN-10: 0826416624
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1