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Composing Apartheid

Music For And Against Apartheid

320 pages

June, 2008

ISBN: 9781868144563



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Grant Olwage is a professor at the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Gary Baines is Associate Professor in the History Department at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Ingrid Byerly is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Previous recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, a Fulbright Award, and the Charles Seeger Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Christopher Cockburn lectures in music theory at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and is well known in South Africa and the United Kingdom as a concert organist and choral conductor.

David Coplan is Professor Emeritus and Chair in Social Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

The first book to look at the role of music during the apartheid
Composing Apartheid is the first book ever to chart the musical world of a notorious period in world history, apartheid South Africa. It explores how music was produced through, and was productive of, key features of apartheid's social and political topography, as well as how music and musicians contested and even helped to conquer apartheid. The collection of essays is intentionally broad, and the contributors include historians, sociologists and anthropologists, as well as ethnomusicologists, music theorists and historical musicologists. The essays focus on a variety of music (jazz, music in the Western art tradition, popular music) and on major composers (such as Kevin Volans) and works (Handel's Messiah). Musical institutions and previously little-researched performers (such as the African National Congress's troupe-in-exile, Amandla) are explored. The writers move well beyond their subject matter, intervening in debates on race, historiography, and postcolonial epistemologies and pedagogies.