Popular Music Censorship in Africa

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Michael Drewett, Martin Cloonan
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Music - 228 pages
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In Africa, tension between freedom of expression and censorship in many contexts remains as contentious, if not more so, than during the period of colonial rule which permeated the twentieth century. This volume brings together the latest research on censorship in Africa, focusing on the attempts to censor musicians and the strategies of resistance devised by musicians in their struggles to be heard. It also includes a special section on case studies that highlight issues of nationality.
 

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Contents

Popular Music Censorship in Africa An Overview
3
The Cultural Boycott against Apartheid South Africa A Case of Defensible Censorship?
23
Vocal Killers Silent Killers Popular Media Genocide and the call for Benevolent Censorship in Rwanda
39
Racist Hate Speech in South Africas Fragile Democracy The Case of Ngemas AmaNdiya
53
ZVAKWANA ENOUGH Media Control and Unofficial Censorship of Music in Zimbabwe
71
And the Beat Goes On? Message Music Political Repression and the Power of HipHop in Nigeria
91
Case Studies
107
Traditional and Popular Music Hegemonic Power and Censorship in Malawi 19641994
109
Popular Music Censorship in Tanzania
137
Silencing Musical Expression in Colonial and PostColonial Kenya
157
One Hundred Years of Censorship in Ghanaian Popular Music Performance
171
Where the Shoe Pinches The Imprisonment of Franco Luambo Makiadi as a Curious Example of Music Censorship in Zaїre
187
For a Song Censure in Algerian Rai Music
199
Concluding Comments on the Censorship of Popular Music in Africa
215
Index
221
Copyright

Why Dont You Sing about the Leaves and the Dreams? Reflecting on Music Censorship in Apartheid South Africa
127

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Michael Drewett is based in the Department of Sociology, Rhodes University, South Africa. Martin Cloonan is based in the Department of Music at the University of Glasgow, Scotland

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