African Music, Power, and Being in Colonial Zimbabwe by Mhoze Chikowero

By Mhoze Chikowero

In this new historical past of track in Zimbabwe, Mhoze Chikowero deftly makes use of African resources to interrogate the copious colonial archive, interpreting it as a confessional voice alongside and opposed to the grain to put in writing a posh heritage of track, colonialism, and African self-liberation. Chikowero's e-book starts within the Eighteen Nineties with missionary crusades opposed to African performative cultures and African scholars being inducted into venture bands, which contextualize the tune of segregated city and mining corporation dance halls within the Nineteen Thirties, and he builds genealogies of the Chimurenga track later popularized through guerrilla artists like Dorothy Masuku, Zexie Manatsa, Thomas Mapfumo, and others within the Nineteen Seventies. Chikowero indicates how Africans deployed their song and indigenous wisdom platforms to struggle for his or her freedom from British colonial domination and to say their cultural sovereignty.

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