The Resource Kwaito's promise : music and the aesthetics of freedom in South Africa, Gavin Steingo

Kwaito's promise : music and the aesthetics of freedom in South Africa, Gavin Steingo

Label
Kwaito's promise : music and the aesthetics of freedom in South Africa
Title
Kwaito's promise
Title remainder
music and the aesthetics of freedom in South Africa
Statement of responsibility
Gavin Steingo
Title variation
Music and the aesthetics of freedom in South Africa
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In mid-1990s South Africa, apartheid ended, Nelson Mandela was elected president, and the country's urban black youth developed kwaito--a form of electronic music (redolent of North American house) that came to represent the post-struggle generation. In this book, Gavin Steingo examines kwaito as it has developed alongside the democratization of South Africa over the past two decades. Tracking the fall of South African hope into the disenchantment that often characterizes the outlook of its youth today - who face high unemployment, extreme inequality, and widespread crime--Steingo looks to kwaito as a powerful tool that paradoxically engages South Africa's crucial social and political problems by, in fact, seeming to ignore them. Politicians and cultural critics have long criticized kwaito for failing to provide any meaningful contribution to a society that desperately needs direction. As Steingo shows, however, these criticisms are built on problematic assumptions about the political function of music. Interacting with kwaito artists and fans, he shows that youth aren't escaping their social condition through kwaito but rather using it to expand their sensory realities and generate new possibilities. Resisting the truism that "music is always political," Steingo elucidates a music that thrives on its its radically ambiguous relationship with politics, power, and the state"--Publisher's website
Member of
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Steingo, Gavin
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • music
Index
index present
LC call number
ML3503.S6
LC item number
S74 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Chicago studies in ethnomusicology
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kwaito (Music)
  • Kwaito (Music)
  • Kwaito (Music)
  • Musicians, Black
  • South Africa
Label
Kwaito's promise : music and the aesthetics of freedom in South Africa, Gavin Steingo
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The struggle of freedom -- The experience of the outside -- Platform, or the miracle of the ordinary -- Immobility, obduracy, and experimentalism in Soweto -- Acoustic assemblages and forms of life -- Black diamonds -- Times and spaces of listening -- Epilogue
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xx, 307 pages
Isbn
9780226362540
Lccn
2015035019
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, music
Stock number
99968638236
System control number
  • (OCoLC)920017574
  • (OCoLC)ocn920017574
Label
Kwaito's promise : music and the aesthetics of freedom in South Africa, Gavin Steingo
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The struggle of freedom -- The experience of the outside -- Platform, or the miracle of the ordinary -- Immobility, obduracy, and experimentalism in Soweto -- Acoustic assemblages and forms of life -- Black diamonds -- Times and spaces of listening -- Epilogue
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xx, 307 pages
Isbn
9780226362540
Lccn
2015035019
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, music
Stock number
99968638236
System control number
  • (OCoLC)920017574
  • (OCoLC)ocn920017574

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