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...The vocal group Mahotella Queens evolved from a studio project for the Gallo Record Company to become one of the most popular female groups in South Africa. The group originated in Johannesburg in 1964. when Rupert Bopape organized...
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...In the United States, South African jazz horn player Hugh Masekela is best known for his hit single “Grazing in the Grass,” though in his home country his music came to be identified with the struggle against the apartheid system. Born...

Mbaqanga

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Mbaqanga (isiZulu: ‘cornmeal bread’) refers to a range of musical styles that constitute urban black South African popular music since the 1940s, including African jazz, jive, isimanje-manje, umgqashiyo, soul mbaqanga and so-called township...

Soweto

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population 866,995 (2001) Soweto (an acronym for Southwestern Townships) is a sprawling urban complex situated approximately 11 miles (18 km) southwest of the Johannesburg city center. Established in 1955...

Durban

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population (including the greater Durban-Pine-town-Inanda metropolitan area): 2,314,000 (2000) Founded by European settlers in 1824, Durban is the largest city in the Kwazulu-Natal province of South Africa, and one of the world...

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Sazi Dlamini

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Sazi Dlamini is a lecturer in musicology at University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. His scholarly and performance interests include indigenous musical bows, South African popular music history, free-improvisation, new music and children’s indigenous musical performance. He composes and performs on ugubhu, umakhweyana, umqangala and uhadi musical bows and builds flutes, traditional harps from bamboo, reed, horn, calabash and recycled materials. He is founder of the International Bow Music Conference and Insurrections Ensemble and is currently Senior Research Fellow for the ReCentering AfroAsia Project. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 42,768,678 (2003) The Republic of South Africa, the southernmost country in Africa, has a land area of 460,000 sq miles (1,221,040 sq km). Its population is 76 percent black, 13 percent white, 3 percent Asian and 8...

Johannesburg

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 4,247,000 (1998); metropolitan – 5,600,000 (1998)Johannesburg is the largest urban conurbation in the Republic of South Africa. The city is situated about 375 miles (600 km) northwest of the port of Durban on the Indian...