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...The South African singer known as “Mama Africa” led a double life of musical star and political activist during the campaign to end her country’s racist apartheid system. Makeba was born in 1932 in the township of Prospect. Her mother...

Kwaito

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Symptomatic of the time and place of its making, and widely regarded as one of the most important forms of South African cultural innovation in the postapartheid era, kwaito is a popular and influential song and dance genre based...

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...

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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...