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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 started||p. 1|
|New sounds of the cities||p. 27|
|Athens on the reef||p. 64|
|The land is dead||p. 108|
|Underground in Africa||p. 143|
|Jazz for the struggle, and the struggle for jazz||p. 180|
|Home is where the music is : South African jazz abroad||p. 221|
|The 1990s and beyond : not yet Uhuru||p. 261|
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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