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...The songs of Thomas Mapfumo, the “Lion of Zimbabwe,” soundtracked the years on either end of Rhodesia’s independence, and later echoed a growing public criticism of Robert Mugabe. Born southeast of the capital city Harare in 1945, Mapfumo...

The Mobilisation of Shona Musical Identity During Colonial Times

Luis Gimenez Amoros

Luis Gimenez Amoros is a research fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape. Previously, he has served as an Ethnomusicology lecturer at the University of Fort Hare and as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Tracing the Mbira Sound Archive in Zimbabwe

Taylor & Francis Group, 2018

Scholarly Books

...After the Berlin conference during 1884–1885, the partition of Africa by colonial powers provoked a disjunction in the cultural and social hegemony of many societies in the continent. The present African countries were not only created...

Curricula Transformation in the African Academy Through the Sound Archive

Luis Gimenez Amoros

Luis Gimenez Amoros is a research fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape. Previously, he has served as an Ethnomusicology lecturer at the University of Fort Hare and as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Tracing the Mbira Sound Archive in Zimbabwe

Taylor & Francis Group, 2018

Scholarly Books

...ILAM has gone through several processes of reconsidering its preservation, sound repatriation, and revitalisation. Further to this is the need to establish the sound archive as a place of “musical knowledge” that has undergone processes...

An Attempt to Link Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives

Luis Gimenez Amoros

Luis Gimenez Amoros is a research fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape. Previously, he has served as an Ethnomusicology lecturer at the University of Fort Hare and as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Tracing the Mbira Sound Archive in Zimbabwe

Taylor & Francis Group, 2018

Scholarly Books

...This chapter reconsiders the musicological studies by Andrew Tracey on Shona mbira music and, in particular, the creation of his “Shona chord cadence” which reveals the circulation of harmonic systems related to Shona mbiras in other...
...AbstractAn analysis of the Shona mouth bow chipendani is presented that comprises its construction, its unique acoustical properties, and the specific musical exploitation of the latter by means of its fifth-tuning and peculiar playing...

The social dynamics of three Zimbabwean musical bows: The chipendani, mukube and ground-bow

Musical Bows of Southern Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

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...AbstractZimbabwe’s large family of musical bows represents a rich field of musical practice, yet one that has largely been left out of conversations on the nation’s music. Drawing on fieldwork with two elderly bow players, this chapter...

Ndebele Pop

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...While Ndebele pop is not a musical genre as such, the contributions of Ndebele musicians to a number of South African and Zimbabwean genres popular within Zimbabwe are sometimes referred to as ‘Ndebele pop.’ Traditional music of the Ndebele...

Jit (Jiti)

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Jit, or jiti, is a term used to describe varieties of Zimbabwean music since at least the 1950s. The term’s meaning has evolved over the years. In general, jit refers to topical, lively songs of daily life, accompanied by anything from...

The Digital Return in the Place of the Recordings

Luis Gimenez Amoros

Luis Gimenez Amoros is a research fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape. Previously, he has served as an Ethnomusicology lecturer at the University of Fort Hare and as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Unit of Zimbabwean Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Tracing the Mbira Sound Archive in Zimbabwe

Taylor & Francis Group, 2018

Scholarly Books

...The digital return of ILAM’s recordings in the locations where Hugh Tracey recorded has been a symbolic form of returning the music back to the community. However, this type of repatriation has not had the same continuity as the digital...

Sungura

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Encyclopedia Articles

...Sungura is a genre of guitar-driven popular music in Zimbabwe that draws on a wide range of regional styles, especially Congolese rumba, Kenyan benga, South African township music and Zimbabwean jit (jiti). Characterized by multiple...